June 7, 2006
Camdenton, Mo. — A Henry County man who falsely claimed that proceeds from candy vending machines he placed in several mid-Missouri businesses would benefit the children of soldiers killed in Iraq will pay $500 to a charity for those children. Under an agreement obtained today by Attorney General Jay Nixon, Darrel M. Sanders of Urich will also pay the state of Missouri $1,000.
Nixon sued Sanders in Camden County Circuit Court on May 26, alleging he approached at least 11 business owners in Camden, Morgan and Miller counties about placing the vending machines in their businesses. Sanders told the businesses that he was an employee of the Armed Forces Children's Education Fund (AFCEF) and that all or a majority of the proceeds from the sale of the candy would go to AFCEF.
AFCEF is a legitimate charity based in Washington, D.C. that raises money to benefit the children of American soldiers killed in the Iraq war. Nixon says Sanders has no affiliation with the charity that he claimed to represent and is not registered with any legitimate charitable organization or as a professional fundraiser.
The consent judgment, approved today Camden County Associate Circuit Judge Bruce Colyer, requires Sanders to pay $500 to the AFCEF and $1,000 to the state Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund. The fund is used for consumer education and enforcement efforts. Under the judgment, Sanders must also take one of three options: