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FTC, states accuse TN charity of $187M scam

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Cancer Fund of America Inc. is located in this building in Knoxville. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel Cancer Fund of America Inc. is located in this building in Knoxville. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel
The Federal Trade Commission and all 50 states have filed a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities — including Knoxville-based Cancer Fund of America — and their operators, accusing them of scamming more than $187 million from consumers across the country.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Arizona, was announced Tuesday by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, together with state law enforcement partners in every other state in the nation, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission.

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The complaint alleges Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and The Breast Cancer Society portrayed themselves to donors as legitimate charities.

It alleges that the “overwhelming majority” of contributions benefited the charities, their families and friends and professional fundraisers who received 85 percent or more of every donation.

Read more from our news partners at the Knoxville News Sentinel. 


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