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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:09 PM
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Head of veterans group goes into hiding as Congress investigates spending
Source: USA Today

Have you seen Roger Chapin? Congress wants to question the founder of Helping Hospitalized Veterans about allegations that his group misused charitable donations that were supposed to help wounded warriors.

The House Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena on Dec. 10, but the U.S. Marshals Service has been unable to serve it because they can't find Chapin.

"I am disappointed that you have chosen to evade federal law enforcement officials who are seeking to serve you with an official order issued by the United States Congress," Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Tom Davis, R-Va., write in a letter. "I am equally disappointed that your attorneys and associates have refused to provide information regarding your whereabouts."

The Washington Post says a reporter reached Chapin last night at his home in San Diego. "You don't know me, but these guys have got this thing so wrong it's unbelievable," Chapin tells the paper. "It's a witch hunt. They're totally misrepresenting what the facts are."



Read more: http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/12/have-you-s...
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:12 PM
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1. Psst...U.S. Marshals...he's at his home in San Diego
:shrug:
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Highway61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 01:12 PM
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6. .....
:rofl:
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 01:48 PM
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7. Back in the day...
we used to have "Fed Parties".

Any time any of us got up-graded to Federal Warrant status, we knew that guy was pretty much home free.

Those guys are lucky if they can find their own house.
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:14 PM
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2. If anybody ever wants to find a missing person, they should call my alma mater.
They manage to find me and ask for money no matter how many times I have moved and left no forwarding address. I don't know how they do it.
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:15 PM
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3. Why don't they call Dog the Bounty Hunter?
If my alma mater doesn't work out.
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:17 PM
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4. If THEY have it all wrong wouldn't it be best to face them in public?
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:55 PM
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5. There's a charity here in CA called COPS
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 12:57 PM by Plucketeer
It's supposed to provide funds for police help programs and new crime fighting technology. Yeah - right. I did a bit of investigation myself on the internet and found that while for 2004, they got 4million plus from hapless donors (phone solicitations), they gave a paltry 625 thousand to California law enforcement. Thats 625 thousand from FOUR POINT THREE MILLION taken in!!! Talk about your "operating overhead"!!! :crazy:

OH! I forgot to mention - this charity is headquartered in New Jersey. I guess crime's to rampant for them to have their money held in California.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:24 PM
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8. There's another one that's worse....
The Police Widows and Orphans Fund. 95% of their budget goes to overhead and staffing.

If you're going to give to charity, give locally to a group who does the work they claim they're collecting for. Better yet, get involved.
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