Miyares and FTC sue sham charity

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares along with nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission are suing Cancer Recovery Foundation International and its operator Gregory B. Anderson.

The sham charity deceived donors looking to support women battling cancer and their families.

From 2017 to 2022, the fund collected over $18 million dollars from donors claiming to help women and families with their bills and basic needs during their battle with cancer.

In a federal complaint, the fund is accused of providing support with just 1 cent of each dollar raised while the majority went to for-profit fundraisers or directly to Anderson.

Of the $18 million dollars collected, $194,000 supported cancer patients while Anderson was paid $775,000.

Anderson also used funds to cover travel expenses.

He utilized for-profit fundraisers with deceptive pitches and solicitation letters to tens of thousands of Americans.

Virginia and the FTC previously sued two of those fundraising companies in 2021 for deceptive practices.

To view Miyares press release on the lawsuit, click here.

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Winchester man is convicted of obtaining money by false pretenses

Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares reports the conviction of  a Winchester man for  obtaining money through false pretenses.

A Winchester City Circuit Court jury convicted Ajarhi Roberts on those charges Wednesday, February 21.

With that conviction Roberts will face five years in prison with all but 4 months suspended, on condition of supervised probation and restitution.

Roberts is ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Back in March of 2022 the Virginia Employment Commission asked Attorney General Miyares to help in the prosecution of fraudulent unemployment compensation claims.

The Roberts conviction and others are the result of the joint investigations by Virginia State Police, the Inspector General’s Offices of the U.S. Departments of Labor, and Postal Service.

Miyares called Unemployment Fraud a cruel way to take advantage of the system that was designed to help Virginians who were down on their luck.

The Attorney General’s Fraud Unit is dedicated to bringing these cases to justice.

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AG Miyares announces $500 million in opioid settlements

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced settlements totaling $500 million in response to the ongoing opioid crisis.

A $350 million settlement was reached with Publicis Health to resolve investigations into the marketing and communications firm’s role in the opioid crisis.

The terms of the settlement state that Publicis recognizes the harm caused by opioids and will provide communities hit hardest by the epidemic with financial support for treatment, recovery, and infrastructure with the goal of saving lives.

The company was accused of farming data from private recordings between patients and providers and marketing OxyContin to providers on patient’s health records.

The other settlement of $150 million was with Opioid manufacturer Hikma Pharmaceuticals for their role in the crisis.

From 2006-2021, Hikma failed to monitor suspicious orders of opioids from potentially illegal distributors with staff acknowledgement of inadequate systems.

The settlement will be dispersed with $115 million in cash and $35 million in opioid addiction medication.

Virginia is expected to receive a total of nearly $10 million dollars and to date, the Commonwealth has secured over $1 billion to recover from the drug crisis.

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