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Minnesota files civil case against breast cancer nonprofit over misleading practices

Minnesota files civil case against breast cancer nonprofit over misleading practices Photo: MGN

June 19, 2019 04:54 PM

The State of Minnesota has filed a civil case against a Florida-based nonprofit for misleading practices.

The action, which was filed in District Court by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's office, alleges Breast Cancer Outreach Foundation, Inc. (BCOF) failed to clearly and accurately describe its charitable programs and misled potential donors to believe it was fundraising primarily to support breast cancer research and to help Minnesotans with breast cancer.

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According to the case, the State of Minnesota claims BCOF never actually granted any money to a Minnesota woman with breast cancer, either directly or through any organization that helps women with breast cancer in Minnesota.

The case also states Minnesota recently settled a related case against a different charity, Help the Vets Action, which is also operated by BCOF's former president.

Charity Watch, a nonprofit that tracks charities' information on accountability, efficiency and fundraising, among other categories, states on its website that BCOF has dissolved.

Because of the dissolution, BCOF couldn't be reached for comment.

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