I have done 2 fundraisers that have failed due to high overhead costs and poor attendace. The charities are claiming fraud.I am a single mom of 3 kids and do not have the money to obtain an attorney. I have bank statements, cancelled checks and reciepts. Is that enough??
1 Answer from Attorneys
Saying it doesn't make it so. So long as you can show what came in and what went out you should not have any fear of a criminal action.
This does not mean that they cannot come after you civilly. But of course they need a cause of action and you would have to be in breach of your agreement on some actionable level or would have to had committed a tort of some kind.
If, for example, you held a FR and part of the agreement was that you were to be paid X dollars for your time and effort counted among the overall expenses then even though you were paid and no money was left over this does not make you a fraudster, assuming you actually did the work to justify your compensation.
Obviously the facts matter. If you would like to discuss further over a free phone consult, feel free to contact me anytime that is convenient.
DISCLAIMER: this is not intended to be specific legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. No attorney-client relationship is formed on the basis of this posting.
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