Saturday, March 17, 2018

Veterans charities ripped off famous name

When I am driving to work and hear the commercial for this group, talk about PTSD but forget about the majority of our veterans, I have to change to another pre-set station. This group is blocked from putting up ads on my site. I've posted plenty about how much they offend me. Now, I find myself feeling sorry they had to go through having their name ripped off.

Ya, I know how that feels. Wounded Times often gets confused with this group, but since it was started back in 2007, before anyone heard of this group of "wounded" I have no plans of changing it, or going after anyone using it.  Considering the Native Americans used it first, no one really owns those two words.

In the case of what y0u're going to read, the famous group pays for their advertising, and their name more well known than what they actually do. So when people decide it is OK to use that fame for their own benefit, that is disgusting. What makes it reprehensible is they are accused of using it for their own personal lives!
4 charged with using 'Wounded Warrior' name to collect donations
STARS AND STRIPES
By DIANNA CAHN
Published: March 16, 2018
“Everything they did was for personal use,” Richard Ferretti, special agent in charge of the Louisville field office of the Secret Service, told Stars and Stripes. “No veteran’s family that we found as of yet has benefited from the money solicited.”


WASHINGTON – Using a variation on the name of one of the most well-known veterans charities, four suspects in Indiana have been charged with bilking people out of $125,000, according to federal and local law enforcement in Indiana.

The scheme involved collecting donations for two fraudulent organizations, the “Wounded Warrior Fund” and the “Wounded Warrior Foundation” – both plays on the legitimate Florida-based Wounded Warrior Project, according to the indictment, unsealed Friday.

The case was investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Secret Service field office in Louisville, Ky. The suspects were indicted by a grand jury Feb. 28.

According to the indictment, the scheme was led by James Linville, 44, of Clark County, Ind., who incorporated the Wounded Warrior Fund in 2011 and Wounded Warrior Foundation in 2014. He and three accomplices – Thomas Johnson, 42, and Joanie Watson, 38, along with Linville’s girlfriend Amy Lou Bennett, 40 – are under arrest, officials said. Three have pleaded guilty. The fourth was expected in court later Friday.
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