WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Trade Commission says four “so-called” charities that claim to raise money for cancer are scams.
The FTC and the Attorneys General of all 50 states filed court papers Tuesday.
The charities are The Breast Cancer Society, The Cancer Fund of America, The Children’s Cancer Fund of America and Cancer Support Services.
They are based in Knoxville, Tenn. and Mesa, Ariz., and are controlled by the Reynolds family.
A federal investigation found $187 million raised in donations has largely gone to support the lavish lifestyles of the Reynolds.
Only 3 percent went to cancer patients.
The charities face fines of up to $136 million.