State recovers $2.5 million from sham cancer charities

State recovers $2.5 million from sham cancer charities (USAF / Tiffany Trojca / MGN)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced plans to distribute $2.5 million recovered from sham cancer charities to cancer centers across the country.

Four sham charities were shut down after a lawsuit that targeted the Cancer Fund of America Inc., The Breast Cancer Society Inc., Cancer Support Services Inc., and the Children's Cancer Fund of America and their founder James Reynolds and others.

The people responsible for fronting the charities have been banned from any charity or fundraising activities for the rest of their lives.

“I’m grateful we are finally at a point where some of the funds donated by kind-hearted Tennesseans and others across the country can be used to help people,” said Secretary Hargett. “The actions of those who prey on generous Tennesseans will not be tolerated and those responsible will be held accountable.”

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