Agency: California Attorney General (CA AG)
On March 11, 2019, the Attorney General of California Registry of Charitable Trusts entered into a Settlement Agreement with American Charity Center, Caring Cars, Inc, and their Principal Joseph Blanco to reconcile several violations alleged against the entities.
On January 17, 2018, the Attorney General issued a notice that it was refusing to register/renew the registration and automatically suspending the registration of American Charity Center. The notice also included an assessment of penalties ($313,000) against American Charity Center and Caring Cars, Inc. The agency alleged the companies solicited donations in California in violation of the law, did not comply with requirements established for commercial fundraisers, engaged in fraudulent conduct and misleading practices. American Charity Center and Caring Cars, Inc., do not dispute the allegations in the notice.
The parties agree to settle this matter on the terms and conditions that: the Commercial Fundraiser for Charitable Purposes Registration issued to American Charity Center is denied, refused, and revoked. American Charity Center & Caring Cars, Inc. has dissolved business and ceases all operations. All charitable assets it raised, including the proceeds from sales of donated vehicles, have been transferred to the appropriate charity. The $313,000 penalty assessed against American Charity Center is stayed subject to its compliance with this agreement. If American Charity Center or Joseph Blanco violate this agreement in any way, the Registrar may set aside the stay and impose the penalty which shall be immediately due and payable to the California Department of Justice. American Charity Center, Caring Cars, Inc., and Joseph Blanco are prohibited from all involvement in raising funds for charitable purposes. Joseph Blanco may not serve as an officer, director or trustee for any entity that holds or solicits charitable funds, without prior written authorization from the Attorney General.
Complete details are available here.
Date of Action: 3/11/2019