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Veterans Charity Loses Appeal to Overturn Cease and Desist Order

July 1st, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced a final decision was issued in the case against the Southern Maryland Veterans Association and its director, Daniel T. Brashear. The final decision upholds multiple violations of the Maryland Solicitations Act, including misleading potential donors to a charitable organization, using false and misleading advertising in connection with a solicitation, and failing to register with the Secretary of State before soliciting, all of which Mr. Brashear must adhere to. 

“A charity that cannot show it operates within the law will not be permitted to solicit charitable donations,” said Secretary Wobensmith. “This decision is a victory for those who were misled and mistreated by this organization.” 

“I applaud the Secretary of State’s final decision in this case,” said Attorney General Frosh. “This case highlights why strong enforcement is needed to safeguard the generosity of Maryland donors and legitimate veterans charities.”

The final decision follows a lengthy administrative review process to determine whether the charity could continue soliciting the public for charitable donations to run its programs. 

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