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Attorney General Sues Veterans Community Service

November 8, 2002

Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that a complaint for unlawful trade practices and violations of Oregon's Charitable Solicitations Act was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Thomas White and Stephen Lint. The pair, doing business as Veterans Community Service, had solicited approximately $18,000 in Oregon on behalf of American Legion Special Needs Programs of Washington.

"Many Oregonians will choose to honor Veterans' Day by contributing to a veterans' charity," Myers said. "This complaint serves as a reminder that unscrupulous individuals often exploit such generosity for personal gain."

The complaint alleges that neither Veterans Community Services, a professional fundraising firm, nor American Legion Special Needs Program was appropriately registered in Oregon, as required by law. Additionally, White and Lint are alleged to have represented that contributions were tax deductible, when, in fact, such representations were untrue.

The Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice encourages Oregonians to seek out independent information before responding to charitable solicitations. Information on charities registered to solicit in Oregon can be obtained through the Department's web site (www.doj.state.or.us) or by calling the Portland office at (503) 229-5725.

To ensure that veterans receive the full benefit of charitable contributions, Oregonians may wish to consider donating directly to the following veterans' facilities:

Portland VA Medical Center
General Post Fund
3185 US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Portland, OR 97207
Oregon Veterans' Home
700 Summer St., NE
Salem, OR 97301

Contact:

Victoria Cox, (971) 673-1880
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