'All My Children' actor Jack Scalia lost 9/11, veteran charity money
Former All My Children and Remington Steele actor Jack Scalia may have set out to help wounded veterans and Sept. 11 victims, but his charity obviously knew some bounds, since only a fraction of the $100,000 he took in ever went to help anyone. What happened to the rest of the money? That's a good question, because Scalia doesn't know.
The IRS just took tax-exempt status away from his group 9-11-01 Lest We Forget because it never filed a tax return in its entire existence, the New York Post reports. Scalia says the charity collected money though autograph signings and so on, but he doesn't know how much or what happened to any of it. "A little bit came in and went back out," he said, although there are no returns on file and the group never registered with the New York Attorney General's office, which is a requirement in that state.
Meanwhile, California suspended Operation American Spirit for vets because of more inept record-keeping. The group was founded in California in 2007, the same year Scalia organized a 1,500-mile charity motorcycle ride, and took in $88,937 in 2007 ad $14,490 in 2008, according to those returns, but they only disbursed $5,000 in 2008, and the recipients aren't specified.
Jack, who is the group's president, says he doesn't know what happened to that money, either: "I was riding my bike and being the spokesperson. I don't know that end of it." That's something you'd think the president of a charity would know. Maybe a guy who filed bankruptcy in 2004, listing $1,400, a Harley and several firearms as his only assets shouldn't be running a charity.
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