March 7, 2008
Kansas City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon today obtained a temporary restraining order to stop an organization in Independence from representing that it operates a tax-exempt charity to help military veterans. Last week, Nixon sued RCT Development Association and several people connected with the organization after they solicited donations from businesses and individuals online and through the mail and other methods for a program called Helping Our Heroes. Nixon said the defendants made several misrepresentations to potential donors, including claiming that donations would be tax-deductible.
“This order prevents continued violations of laws meant to protect donors and legitimate charities,” Nixon said. “It’s vital to pursue these types of cases so donors in Missouri are able to give confidently.”
Jackson County Circuit Judge Marco Roldan today issued the temporary restraining order that prohibits RCT, Chris Ann McPherson, Russell Rose, Timothy Divers, and anyone acting on their behalf from:
“It is offensive that any organization would misuse the good name of our veterans to prey upon others just to make a dishonest buck,” Hal Dulle, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission said at the time Nixon filed the suit. “Such people need to be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.”
Nixon is seeking a permanent injunction that will order restitution for donors as well as appropriate penalties and costs for the state of Missouri.