|July 18, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office today sued the American Children’s Cancer Association, a New Jersey Corporation, for operating an allegedly illegal raffle. ACCA registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to solicit charitable contributions out of a Boca Raton, Fla. virtual office without disclosing among other things, an injunction obtained against the company by the State of New Jersey. Additionally, ACCA President Shaun Heusen, Vice President Joseph Way, and Real Estate Agent Peter Kelly allegedly violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Gambling Act, and Solicitation of Funds Act by soliciting charitable contributions for a Florida Dream Home Raffle with no realistic intent or ability to award such prize.
“Taking advantage of people who are seeking to make charitable contributions to help others is deplorable, and we will hold these individuals accountable for these alleged actions,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.
ACCA allegedly offered and sold $80 raffle tickets to give away a multi-million dollar “Florida Dream Home,” located in Lighthouse Point, Fla. According to the complaint, which references ACCA’s 2012 tax return, the most recent available, the organization allegedly collected just over $116,000 in revenue in 2011, but spent less than $6,000 on program expenses.
The complaint alleges that, the defendants violated the following state laws:
The defendants are facing permanent injunction, full restitution to all consumers, civil penalties amounting to $10,000 per violation, attorney’s fees and other relief the Court may deem appropriate. The complaint also seeks to prohibit the defendants from engaging in any business activity or operation involving the solicitation of contributions through any drawing, raffle or drawing by chance.
To view the complaint, click on the following link: