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View Poll Results: Crooks or Fools - You Decide
These guys are crooks. 3 42.86%
These guys are fools. 0 0%
These guys are crooks and fools. 2 28.57%
None of the Above. 2 28.57%
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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You Decide - Veterans Charity - Crooks or Fools?

From here and here

The short version is that the charity attempted a SLAPP suit to keep two disgruntled whistle blowers quiet.

Of the numerous complaints, the most interesting one is where an executive of the the company donating the phone cards delivers $6 million dollars worth of phone cards to an unmarked loading dock following the directions of a charity executive and doesn't take note of the address or a get a receipt. The executive of the charity was being paid $155K by the charity but also received a fee from the phone card company through a consulting company. The USO, who was supposed to receive the cards, denies receiving them.

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A New York court has dismissed a lawsuit in which a controversial veterans charity headed by self-described "nonprofit entrepreneur" Roger Chapin sought a court order to bar two fired employees from revealing information.
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In it, the coalition acknowledged in effect that the original filing contained false and misleading information--much of it first brought to public attention by Forbes and the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, a leading charity watchdog. The amended return also held out the prospect that the reported revenues and expense figures were still off by as much as 50%.
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The coalition's original tax return for calendar year 2006, filed in August 2007, said 75% of the roughly $25 million in contributions and expenditures concerned a gift of 1.5 million sports-scores-only telephone calling cards, produced by EZ Scores LLC of Silver Spring, Md. The coalition has said 1 million cards, which it valued at $12.50 each, for a total of $12.5 million, were handed to the USO of Metropolitan Washington for delivery to U.S. troops oversees.
But when later queried by the BBB and Forbes about such a large single transaction, the USO denied it received the cards, ruefully saying it erroneously sent the coalition an acknowledgment letter. A BBB report that faulted the coalition on various good-governance grounds says there's also insufficient evidence that the other 500,000 were distributed
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In an interview, O'Donnell told Forbes he personally delivered cards designated for the USO to an address given him over the telephone by Chapin associate Meyer. O'Donnell described the point of delivery as a staffed loading dock at the rear of an unmarked office building near Route 50 inside the Beltway (east of Interstate 495) in Northern Virginia. Although a native of the Washington area, O'Donnell said he's been unable to find the address again. He acknowledged he didn't get a receipt.
The USO has said its only facility for receiving donated goods is at Fort Belvoir, Va., a good 10 miles south of the Route 50 corridor and outside the Beltway.
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Well into 2006, Meyer, a former coalition executive director, served as a board member. Yet his name and compensation were absent from the original 2006 tax return, despite IRS instructions on the form itself requiring the listing of any officer or board member for any part of the year. In another key change, the amended return finally named Meyer as a board member, employee and consultant who received total compensation of $155,200 in 2006.
Disclosure of that relationship is important because, for much of the year, Meyer was paid 5 cents for each calling card for which he could find a qualified recipient. The fees went to Meyer's wholly owned APM Consulting Group LLC. The arrangement developed at a time when Chapin was trying to improve the coalition's financial efficiencies to win a favorable BBB rating.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:19 PM   #2
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I voted none of the above. These guys are fuckers.

In 2006, my DC firm ran a little fund raiser around Veteran's day to buy phone cards for the troops. I bet it was these fuckers who got the money we raised.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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fuckin' fuckers!
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:56 PM   #4
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Maybe that charity is a complete scam.

But the guy that donated the calling cards? No receipt, unmarked loading dock, and doesn't remember the address?? Either he's in on the scam or he's a total idiot.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:37 AM   #5
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Yea what a crock of crooks. Someone needs to drop them in a nice cozy cell with Bubba.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:59 AM   #6
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The CEO of EZ Scores is Definitely a Crook

The CEO of EZ Scores, Chris O'Donnell, (which is no longer is business) is a crook and a thief. He took hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors and cannot account for its whereabouts.

The company is no longer in business, even though he is still to this day soliciting money for this venture and has been providing false information to potential investors under the parent organization EZ 411, LLC. He is currently under investigation by the Maryland State District Attorney's office for investor fraud and was evicted from his home at the end of June after he could no longer afford his mortgage. (He was even selling the furniture from the office where EZ Scores was located on Craigslist earlier this year).

Stay away from this person!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:01 AM   #7
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a gift of 1.5 million sports-scores-only telephone calling cards, produced by EZ Scores LLC of Silver Spring, Md.
Am I understanding this right--these are phone cards that can only be used to call a specific number to find out sports scores back home?

If so, that's a retarded charitable item to begin with.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:37 AM   #8
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EZ Scores LLC provides sports-related information over the telephone using a speech-based system. The company's customers can access the its services by registering on its Website and purchasing prepaid cards. EZ Scores provides current match scores and statistics for sports such as football, basketball, ice hockey, athletics, and baseball. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

2424 University Boulevard
Suite 201
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Phone:301-949-3321
www.ezscores.com
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:40 AM   #9
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these are phone cards that can only be used to call a specific number to find out sports scores back home?

If so, that's a retarded charitable item to begin with.
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I bet it was these fuckers who got the money we raised.
Eh, never mind. These fuckers didn't get our money. We bought calling cards the troops could use to call home. Not get some stupid sports scores.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:14 AM   #10
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Welcome to the Cellar, shring729.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:38 AM   #11
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The company overview that Classicman posted is no longer in existence. Try dialing the phone number...it doesn't work and they left shop at that location a long time ago! The web site links to an Hitachi web page.

Like I said, the CEO was selling the office furniture on Craigslist earlier this year because he's desperate for money.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:26 PM   #12
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thats fine - I searched and thats what was posted on the businessweek website.
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:19 PM   #13
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They're crools and fooks, every last one of 'em.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:35 AM   #14
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Always ask for more information from and check out any charitable organization asking for a donation. Be wary of charities related to firefighters, police or military personnel that aren’t well known and seem very new. The same goes with disaster charities.

I don't know what are they up to but I'm sure that money is all they need. See more here...
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