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Two phony cancer charities that solicited Idaho donors ordered dissolved, banned from fundraising

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a multi-state settlement stopping two phony cancer charities, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc. and The Breast Cancer Society of America from soliciting donations in Idaho. Wasden jointly filed a federal lawsuit against four supposed cancer charities and their operators; litigation still is pending against two other charities, Cancer Fund of America, Inc. and Cancer Support Services, Inc.

“Many Idahoans gave their hard-earned money to these sham charities in the hope of helping people with cancer,” Wasden said.  “The reality is most of the money was used for the benefit of the individuals and their families for their own personal interest and not to help people with cancer.” He reported that Idahoans were duped into making 5,100 donations to Children’s Cancer Fund of America totaling $134,000 between 2008 and 2012, and 16,000 donations totaling over $322,000 to the Breast Cancer Society during the same time period.

The settlements require that Children’s Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Society be dissolved, their assets liquidated and their operators banned from fundraising and operating charities; there’s more info here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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