The Houston based Veterans charity Helping a Hero continues to defy calls for the public release of records detailing how they spend millions of dollars in donations.
Now the Harris County District Attorney has imposed a deadline. Helping a Hero must produce records requested by Dolcefino Consulting by the close of business on October 13, 2015, or face prosecution.
Last week Judge Michael Landrum denied the charity request to protect the records, and the Harris County District Attorney is tired of the stalling.
Dolcefino Consulting requested the records 11 months ago, and since then Helping a Hero has sought a variety of ways to keep the records private. The charity has tried twice to get a judge to stop it, and convinced the District Attorney to give them more time because the records were being audited. As that time ran out, Helping a Hero went back to court.
“I wouldn’t give a penny to Helping a Hero”, says Dolcefino Consulting President Wayne Dolcefino. “Charities should be happy to show people how they spend donated money. Especially when the money is given in the names of men and women who suffer from the injuries they received fighting for our country.”
Veterans across the country have criticized charity founder Meredith Iler, and questioned why more donations didn’t go to the adapted homes promised to veterans.
The charity claims it has awarded 100 homes in 22 states.
“Every wounded veteran deserves to see how the money raised in their honor has been spent,” says Dolcefino. “What’s the big deal? Is Meredith Iler really willing to see the charity criminally indicted to keep the public from seeing how she spends money?”
Facing possible criminal indictment for hiding financial records, the controversial veteran’s charity Helping a Hero will go to court to stop Dolcefino Consulting from looking at how they spent millions of dollars in donations.
The Harris County District Attorney had given Helping a Hero a deadline of today to turn over the financial records or face a grand jury. Now the charities lawyer has filed a motion to protect the documents, claiming the records could be used by a disabled veteran suing the charity.
Dolcefino Consulting first exposed questionable spending by the charity founder Meredith Iler in 2013 after the District Attorney told the charity to comply with the state charity law.
Several veterans and their families have complained the charity misused donations and broke promises to provide adapted homes. At least one veteran has walked away from a Helping a Hero home.
“Helping a Hero should be happy to show all their financial records to everyone, not just to their donors, but to the men and women who lost arms and legs and suffered horrible consequences defending our country,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. The charity used these war heroes to collect donations and now tries to hide from them when they ask questions. Shame on them.”
The protective order hearing is set for October 2nd in Judge Michael Landrum’s 113th District Court.
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