Ohio AG Accuses Three People of Running Bogus Vets' Charities

a big American flag - ohio man scams veteransAn Ohio man is accused of telling people he was collecting money for homeless shelters and veteran's organizations and spending the money on his personal bills.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray says Michael Muhammad told people that money he collected for two organizations, "Help Homeless Veterans Inc.," and "Veterans Hope Community House Inc." went to support veterans in the area. Muhammad, along with co-defendants Grover Holstein and Melvin Phipps, asked for money from residents in Lima, Kenton and Ada.Officials filed a court action prohibiting all three from soliciting charitable donations in Ohio.

The trio used several organizational names, none of which gave the money to veterans or homeless organizations, Cordray said.

Those names included: Disabled Veterans, Hope House, American Disabled Veterans Home, Veterans Home, Veterans Hope Community Home, Help Homeless Vets Inc., Help House Veterans, United We Stand Veterans and Veterans Helping People.

Muhammad told people he ran a veteran's homeless shelter, but only some of the tenants were veterans and they were told to leave if they could not pay rent.

Cordray is seeking to shut it down, saying it is unsuitable for living.

"This is a bad situation on several levels," said Cordray. "The conditions inside this home are appalling and hazardous to the residents. Standing water in the basement, exposed electrical wires, rotting carpet, unsafe bathroom facilities and roaches, mice and rats -- the place is a mess and we need to shut it down."

See the complaint here.
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