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Federal Trade Commission; Office of the Attorney General, State of Florida, Department of Legal Affairs; California Office of the Attorney General; State of Maryland by the Attorney General of Maryland and the Secretary of State of Maryland; State of Minnesota by Its Attorney General Lori Swanson; State of Ohio, ex rel. Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, Charitable Law Section; and State of Oregon, by Ellen F. Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General, Plaintiffs, v. Help the Vets, Inc., a Florida Corporation, also doing business as American Disabled Veterans Foundation, Inc., Military Families of America, Veterans Emergency Blood Bank, Veterans Fighting Breast Cancer; and Neil G. Paulson, Sr., individually and as an officer of Help the Vets, Inc., Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number
172 3159
Enforcement Type
Federal Injunctions
Federal Court
Middle District of Florida

Case Summary

The Federal Trade Commission, along with law enforcement officials and charity regulators from 70 offices in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico, announced more than 100 actions and a consumer education initiative in “Operation Donate with Honor,” a crackdown on fraudulent charities that con consumers by falsely promising their donations will help veterans and servicemembers.