Charity Purporting to Help Wounded Veterans Settles Allegations of Misleading Solicitations

  • A bipartisan group of 11 AGs reached a settlement with purported veterans’ charity Healing Heroes Network, Inc. and associated individuals (collectively, “Healing Heroes”) to resolve allegations that it deceptively solicited donations in violation of the respective states’ laws governing charitable organizations.
  • According to the AGs, Healing Heroes allegedly made misleading and deceptive solicitations via sweepstakes and telemarketing campaigns, including falsely claiming that 100% of donations went to veterans’ medical care and other benefits, while the charitable contributions were actually used to pay for salaries, professional fundraisers, and online advertising, among other things.
  • Under the terms of the settlement, Healing Heroes will pay $95,000 to a veterans’ charity with a mission that matches the representations made to donors, will permanently cease operations and not engage in any charitable solicitations, and must pay $400,000 if they violate the settlement agreement. The individual defendants are also banned from charity management roles for 5 years.