I am being accused of fraud. Should I wait to be charged

I do a fundraiser for a child abuse non-profit. Up to and including last year the proceeds went to the local sheriff’s dept. child abuse div. This years informational letter states “Past proceeds went to help ‘input law enforcment agency here” and this year we hope to spread our support beyond that” Thats open to interpretation sure, but it was intended to show our past support and our future intentions. We did not include the Sheriff’s agency in our discussions. The sheriff’s are now saying we have committed fraud, giving the impression they will be the ones supported as always.

Asked on June 30, 2009 under Business Law, California

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I don't think you should wait to be charged before talking to an attorney about this.  Having the sheriff's office accuse you of fraud is a very unhealthy situation, and I think you need professional help in de-fusing this problem before it explodes in your face.

Your letter was vague, indefinite, and it was not just "open to interpretation," it had a real ability to mislead people.  I think you need to fix this, quickly, and one place to find counsel to help you do that is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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