(WVUE) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says all 50 states, along with the Federal Trade Commission, are suing four different charities that purported to raise money to support cancer patients.
The AG's office says 85 percent of the money raised went to the defendants and their professional fundraisers, and was used for concert tickets, jet ski outings, and dating site memberships, among other things.
The suit alleges that the Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and the Breast Cancer Society did not funnel money to support cancer patients, as they told donors.
One defendant, the Breast Cancer Society, denied any wrongdoing, but said it will suspend operations because the investigation is too distracting.
Caldwell also announced the state has settled lawsuits with five other defendants. The Children's Cancer Fund and the Breast Cancer Society, along with organization executives Rose Perkins, James Reynolds II, and Kyle Effler, all agreed to leave the charity business and stop fundraising.