PHONY CHARITY PRETENDS TO HELP U.S. SOLDIERS OVERSEAS

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November 22, 2017


Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213

BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a Cease & Desist order today, banning the fake charity “Nationwide Soldier Support” from doing business in North Dakota. Brittany Camacho of Puyallup, Washington, also operates a website, nationwidesoldiersupport.org, soliciting funds online for the supposed charity.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint that an individual was soliciting funds, ostensibly to send care packages to soldiers overseas, but neither the individual nor Nationwide Soldier Support were registered as a charitable organization or professional fundraiser.

Camacho responded to an initial phone call from investigators, promising to provide information about the solicitations in North Dakota, but then ignored investigators’ follow up phone calls and letters. After being served with a formal investigative demand for the details of her activities in North Dakota, Camacho called the investigators and told them to “prove it” and then an unidentified male interrupted the call and told the investigators they would not comply with the demand and there was nothing the Attorney General could do.

“Running a fake charity and preying on the generosity of North Dakotans is bad enough, but running a fake charity pretending to provide support for our soldiers stationed overseas while only lining their own pockets, is disgraceful,” said Attorney General Stenehjem.

Camacho and her company, Nationwide Soldiers Support, are now banned from soliciting contributions from North Dakota residents, including through her website.

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