The New York Attorney General's Office settled with the Wounded Warriors Foundation of Orange County over allegations that the charity illegally sold thousands of dollars of raffle tickets without ever conducting a raffle.
The charity, which is not affiliated with the national Wounded Warrior Project, sold raffle tickets at $50 per ticket to members of the public and claimed that the raffle’s grand prize was a new 2016 Ford Focus. The charity also claimed that all proceeds would go toward purchasing mobility and lift equipment for veterans who had suffered severe injuries while serving in the U.S. military.
As part of the settlement, the charity is required to pay restitution and immediately dissolve or properly register as a not-for-profit corporation with the Attorney General’s Office.
New Yorkers should be confident that their charitable donations are going to legitimate organizations that will use these funds to carry out the mission they advertise.