April 28, 2008
Kansas City, Mo. - A Independence organization will permanently stop representing that it operates a tax-exempt charity to help military veterans and its operators will jointly pay $21,851 in restitution, costs and penalties under a court order obtained today by Attorney General Jay Nixon. The court order against RCT Development Association and its operators Chris Ann McPherson, Russell Rose and Timothy Divers, who operated the organization Helping Our Heroes, was filed today in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Nixon sued the defendants for soliciting donations from businesses and individuals online for Helping Our Heroes, making several misrepresentations to potential donors including that the donations would be tax-deductible.
"Anyone who attempts to shamelessly play upon the sympathies of Missourians by invoking the name of those in service to our country to commit fraud will not be tolerated," Nixon said. "It is extremely important to pursue these types of cases so donors in Missouri are able to give to their favorite charities with confidence."
Today's permanent injunction bars RCT Development Association from the following:
In addition, today's judgment requires RCT Development and its operators Chris Ann McPherson, Russell Rose and Timothy Divers to jointly pay $8,344 in restitution, $8,507 in court costs and $5,000 in civil penalties.