AG Hawley Announces Suit Against Deceitful Charitable Organization

May 3, 2017, 10:51 AM
May 3, 2017, 10:50 AM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Earlier today, Attorney General Joshua Hawley filed a lawsuit in the St. Charles County Circuit Court against Harold Hogarth and Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc., alleging that Hogarth fraudulently took money that had been donated to provide scholarships to families of service-members killed in action. Such families are known as Gold Star families. 

“We will aggressively pursue those who take advantage of Missourians generosity, especially when they dishonor the memories and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Hawley.

Hogarth is accused of soliciting donations by telling donors that he was starting a nonprofit that would provide scholarships to children of servicemen killed in action.  He named his nonprofit Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc. and in printed materials and on a website again claimed that he would provide college scholarships. He even went so far as to promise college scholarships to three students.

In total, Hogarth took $122,000 in donations but did not provide a single scholarship. Hogarth spent at least $35,000 on personal expenses or on transfers to personal bank accounts. He made personal purchases at places like Everything Wine & Cigars, Bandana’s BBQ, and Lowes. Hogarth also spent about $74,000 from donations on business overhead and travel expenses. 

Charitable organizations soliciting donations in the state are required to file a registration with the Attorney General’s Office. Missourians should contact the Attorney General’s Office if they believe an individual or organization is engaged in misrepresentation to solicit money. Those who may have contributed money to Harold Hogarth or Gold Star College For Kids Foundation, Inc. are urged to contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-392-8222.