By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Toledo – Ohio Attorney General Richard Corday held a press conference in Columbus Thursday to slam a charity defrauding veterans and Ohio residents. During the press conference attacking the US Navy Veterans Association, Cordray used terms “fraudulent” and “phony outfit” to describe the charity which has been exposed in state after state. Cordray further stated that the alleged “charity” was “an elaborate, fraudulent organization trading outrageously on the names of our veterans.”
In 2004, money stolen from the state’s Workman’s Comp fund was laundered by Toledo native, Tom Noe, Republican Chairman, and paid into the campaign coffers of, not only Ohio Candidates but national campaigns as well. Noe was one of George “W” Bush’s largest fundraisers. The US Navy Veterans Association had collected tens of thousands of dollars from Ohio residents, money still pouring into their box although law enforcement officials are unable to find any of their officers.
Money bilked from donors, money intended to help veterans, was laundered by the organization, according to Cordray and funneled into the campaign coffers of Ohio Republicans:
George Voinovich – United States Senator from Ohio
Steve Chabot – 14 year member of Congress from Cincinnati, OH
Mike DeWine – Candidate for Attorney General, running against Cordray
Jeanne Schmidt – Famous for beating Iraq War veteran Paul Hackett by a narrow margin to win her current seat in Congress
Attorney General Cordray has filed suit against the charity, located at a UPS drop box in Ohio, but operating in 41 states and claiming 66,000 members. A “cease and desist” order was issued to the charity weeks ago but operations continued, according to government sources. A search of internet registry information has yielded the following information:
Admin Name:Office of Administration US Navy Veterans Assn
Admin Organization:Office of Administration US Navy Veterans Assn
Admin Street1:1718 M St. NW #275
Admin Postal Code:20036
Their website is currently not operating and the individual in charge, listed as Jack Nimitz, is being sought.
The Better Business Bureau lists the following information on the US Navy Veterans Association along with their disapproval of the organization as a legitimate charity: