Indiana part of ‘sham charity’ lawsuit settlement

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tuesday, Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Indiana was involved in a lawsuit settlement involving several organizations, accused of being “sham charities”.

Zoeller says the organizations billed themselves as cancer charities and they scammed more than $187 million from people nationwide.

According to a federal complaint, Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and The Breast Cancer Society misused donations, cancer victims were not helped and they were not legitimate charities.

The investigation reveals that much of this activity occurred between 2008 and 2012.

Two of the organizations and five defendants have agreed to a $137 million settlement.

Another part of the settlement includes that the Children’s Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Society will be dissolved. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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