For Immediate Release
July 21, 2010
Director of Charitable Trusts Anne M. Edwards
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney issues the following consumer alert to New Hampshire citizens:
The New Hampshire Chapter of the US Navy Veterans Association, of Tampa, Florida and Washington, DC, a nonprofit, charitable organization which is registered with the New Hampshire Attorney General, is being investigated by the states of New Mexico, Florida, Ohio and Hawaii. Based on the findings of their preliminary investigations the Attorneys General in these states have ordered the organization to cease solicitation in their states. According to the St. Petersburg, Florida Times newspaper "[The Board of Directors] of the US Navy Veterans Association has quit and disappeared. State investigators had no better luck finding Navy Veterans officers listed on registration papers. Addresses were found to be "fictional" and registrations were deemed false."
The Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the activities of the New Hampshire Chapter of the US Navy Veterans Association and asks potential donors to exercise extreme caution before donating to this organization and, if any citizen receives a request for donations from New Hampshire Chapter of the US Navy Veterans Association, please notify the Charitable Trusts Unit at (603) 271-3591 immediately.
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