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Veterans Charity Faces $50,000 in Civil Penalties for False Claims
(Published: July 26, 2010)

The Veterans Support Organization (VSO) faces $50,000 in civil penalties following an investigation by the Department of State's Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming.

The investigation found that VSO violated the state’s charitable solicitations law 10 times while engaging in fundraising efforts for its Tennessee chapter, with each offense carrying a penalty of $5,000.

VSO claimed in some of its written material that its Tennessee chapter provides a wide range of services to veterans – including housing, job search assistance, bus passes, holiday meals and access to health care and addition recovery programs. However, the investigation concluded that the Tennessee chapter was not actually offering any of those services in Tennessee.

Also, VSO did not register its Tennessee chapter with the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming, as state law requires. Information about charities registered to operate in Tennesse