Charity Fraud

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    Charity Fraud

    I have a couple of questions about charitable solicitations by an entity and/or individuals on behalf of an entity that has lost its 501(c) status, had its FEIN revoked and is no longer licensed/registered in the state of Colorado.

    1. Is it fraud to maintain an active, online donation link via paypal or other payment service to solicit & collect funds under a charitable umbrella in Colorado?

    2. Basically the same question as #1 except that products are being sold online, ostensibly for the benefit of a charity no longer in existence.
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    Just off the top of my head I would say it is fraud because in both scenario #1 and 2 you posted above, you are misrepresenting consumers and the general public into believing that you are in charge of a particular charity and/or the proceeds are going to benefit that charity. In reality, no such charity exists so this would likely be fraud by misrepresentation.
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