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Monday, November 19 2012, 07:59 AM EST
SPECIAL REPORT: Exposing Bogus Charities
'Tis the season to be giving but are you donating your hard-earned cash to someone in need? Or just lining the pockets of greed?

There are hundreds of charities in the Miami Valley alone. According to the Better Business Bureau, most of them are legitimate, with an exception to this red flag, a so-called charity known as Keeping Kids In Sports Inc.

An Englewood small business owner, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said the shady CEO has been soliciting money using a flier since the start of the year.

"He came in and asked if we were willing to make a donation for baseball or something like that," explained the business owner, "He was wanting $20 and he had some kind of paper trying to say he has an IRS deduction form or something like that."

The Better Business Bureau says Jerry Thornton has been operating the allegedly bogus charity since 2005.  Thornton has never registered his organization with the IRS as a charity that's eligible to receive tax deductible donations. However, that evidently hasn't stopped him from telling donors their charitable gift will help supply less fortunate kids with sports equipment.

"I think it's pretty pathetic," continued the local business owner. "Especially since I'm a new business, so money is tight.  So for him to come in and steal from me makes me pretty aggravated with it."

According to Thornton's flier, headquarters for Keeping Kids In Sports is on Pioneer Street in Dayton, which also happens to be his home. We decided to confront him about his suspect charity.

"I don't have anything to say about it," he continued. "It was handled through the courts.  I don't have anything to say about it."

When we asked where all the money went, he said he had his lawyers handle it. 

"It's been gone for almost two years," Thornton said. But, when we reminded him he had just said it was gone for a year, he responded, "Yeah it's been gone longer than that.  I have nothing else to say."

But the Better Business Bureau says Keeping Kids In Sports is still up and running, and Thornton is continuing to pocket the cash. 

With the holidays here, the BBB is expecting even more fake charities to pop up.

"Be very careful because scam artists out there know that this is the time that you open up your purse and heart strings to these causes," said John North with the Dayton Better Business Bureau.

You can easily make sure a charity is legitimate. Just go to the Better Business Bureau's website, and type in the name of the group. If the charity is real, you'll be able to see all the financial information and find out how much of your donation will go toward programs and services.

"Your research may say a good portion of what you donate goes to administrative overhead," continued North. "And that's OK, but you need to be able to make that decision yourself.  What's too much going to administrative overhead."

According to the BBB, a minimum of 75 percent of donations should fund charitable work. If a charity spends more than 25 percent of its funds on salaries, fundraising efforts and other expenses, the BBB will flag the organization as not meeting its standards of charity accountability. That doesn't mean its a bad charity, but it should encourage you to ask some additional questions so you know your money is going to the right place.

To check on a charity you plan to support, visit the Better Business Bureau's website.SPECIAL REPORT: Exposing Bogus Charities

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