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Charity Fraudster Adam Shryock Faces Extended Sentence

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Adam Shryock’s fake charity tricked thousands of people across the country into thinking they were donating vital funds to breast cancer-related charities. IMG: via Shutterstock

The founder of a fake charity fundraiser Boobies Rock! is now serving six more months in jail. Adam Shryock was taken to jail after the Denver judge found overwhelming evidence that he had violated his 2013 order. Back in 2013, it was discovered that Shryock’s fake charity misled thousands of people across the country by making them believe that they were donating vital funds to breast cancer-related charities.

“Adam Shryock is now a repeat charity-fraud offender, which is why it is fitting that he received the maximum penalty for thumbing his nose at the court and continuing to commit charitable fraud,” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said, of the most recent allegations against him. “Mr. Shryock victimized both the young women who believed they were raising money for charity and the charities themselves by using their names without permission.”

The first time around Shryock was ordered to stop his practices in 2013 after the Attorney General’s office had filed a lawsuit against him alleging he was committing charitable fraud. That order was now violated twice and then on Wednesday there was enough evidence to show that Shryock was the driving force behind a fundraising event that took place in fall of 2014.

In July 2013 a temporary restraining order against Shryock, Boobies Rock!  Inc., The Se7ven Group, and Say No 2 Cancer for deceiving consumers into thinking they were donating money to charity. In the latest claim, Shryock claimed to only be the wholesaler and consultant to the woman running the tour, but the judge found he was heavily involved in the tour’s day-to-day operations.

It’s deeply upsetting and almost unbelievable that a person could commit fraud for their own benefit in the name of charity. Remember to always take the extra steps of doing thorough research on any organization, or person claiming to collect for the organization before donating so that your money is finding it’s way into the right pockets.

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Sid Lee and the Movember Foundation Cohabitate in LA

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Two years after it’s first American opening in New York, advertising agency Sid Lee is arriving in Southern California with a new office named Sid Lee L.A. In a somewhat surprising move, the company has now embedded its employees in the office of the Movember Foundation.

As the New York Times remarks, “If, as the saying goes, advertising is a relationship business, an agency, Sid Lee, and one of its clients, the men’s health charity known as the Movember Foundation, have entered the cohabitation stage,” of the recent office merger. Reportedly, the agreement between the two companies calls not only for Sid Lee to share space with the foundation but also to consider the foundation’s office its home.

“We will be joining the Movember Foundation in the Culver City location as a partner, fully integrated in the space,” said Will Travis, chief executive of the Sid Lee USA division of Sid Lee. “We will be located there until further growth demands otherwise, and then the expansion may be together.”

Sid Lee is an international ad agency, with offices in New York, along with Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto and its Montreal headquarters. The office will work for the foundation pro bono, but has paying clients like Adidas, Facebook, Intel and 99 Cents Only Stores. Mr. Travis says the office will have a total of about 16-20 employees once it’s up and running.

“Part of the reason we’re doing what we’re doing now,” said Mark Fewell, senior vice president and head of market development for the foundation, who is based in Culver City, is that Sid Lee “offered to be a strategic resource for us not just in the U.S. but globally.” This collaboration is great for an organization like Movember that began in Australia and this year took place in more than 20 countries.

The Movember Foundation is one of the premier organiztions that addresses men’s health issues in a positive, groundbreaking way. Movember is part of a larger, charitable “moustache movement,” that has raised vital funds and awareness of health risks on behalf of men globally. Learn more here.

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Founder of ShelterBox Charged with Fraud

ShelterBox provides aid to those affected by disasters.

ShelterBox, a humanitarian organization that offers emergency shelter and supplies to victims of crisis, has recently been plagued with a bit of controversy. Tom Henderson, the founder of British-based ShelterBox, appeared before the City of London Magistrates’ Court last week after being charged with three counts of fraud and abuse of position. Henderson, who founded the Cornwall-based charity in 2000, left ShelterBox in July 2012.

Henderson is charged with several counts, each of them involving fraud. One count is fraud by abuse of position, in which he is alleged to have conspired with his son John Henderson. Another count alleges that he conspired with his son and Darren Gervis. The third count charges that Henderson misused an official ShelterBox credit card. In addition to these counts, John Henderson and Darren Gervis are also being charged with joint offenses. Gervis has also been charged with the theft of property, possession of a shotgun without a firearms certificate and possession of a firearm.

ShelterBoxTom Henderson is a former Royal navy diver and was arrested last June, less than a year after he left the charity. His fraud charges span five years, from 2007 to 2012. He is also facing allegations of attempting to steal 1,000 tens from the non-profit organization. Henderson was appointed OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2010 for his work and the charity, but these charges are making it clear that perhaps those honors weren’t so deserved, after all.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and vital aid to people affected by disaster worldwide. Before this controversial news broke about Henderson broke, the organization had a reputation for being incredibly influential and a key resource for victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises globally. “Since ShelterBox was founded,” its website explains, “we have responded to over 230 disasters in almost 90 different countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people.”

Clearly, ShelterBox has a longstanding history of doing good. Hopefully Henderson’s trial and sentencing will not detract too heavily from the work this organization has done.

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