Under the radar: Full Times coverage of U.S. Navy Veterans nonprofit
Florida consumer services officials confirmed Wednesday that they are investigating the state chapter of the United States Navy Veterans Association, a charity whose registered officers aren't where they say they are.
The Times published stories last month on the U.S. Navy Veterans, a nonprofit organization formed in Tampa and granted tax-exempt status in 2002. The group says it has nearly 66,000 members and raises $22.4 million annually nationwide.The Navy Veterans group lists 85 officers in its national headquarters and state chapters, but the Times could only find one of them, Bobby Thompson, who operated out of a duplex in a low-income area of Tampa.
Read full coverage of the Times' investigation and letters from the U.S. Navy Association.
Photo: Bobby Thompson lived in the left side of this Ybor City duplex. The right side doubled as offices for the nonprofit Navy Veterans Association and for NAVPAC, a political action committee. After the Times started asking questions, the PAC shut down and Thompson cleared out. His landlord said he left no forwarding address.