Sunday, June 27, 2010
Scam artists shut down, but only on paper
From the NY Post:
A Manhattan judge disbanded the controversial United Homeless Organization calling it a sham, but its industrious alumni are still soliciting donations on the streets.
For decades the UHO employed an army of street hustlers that collected loose in change in water jugs with the endless chant of "Help feed the homeless."
But, in actuality the entire network just lined the pockets of the solicitors of UHO founder Stephen Riley and director Myra Walker, according to a lawsuit filed last November by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Both Riley and Walker missed numerous court dates throughout the past year.
Judge Barbara R. Kapnick, finally ruled that the UHO must be disbanded and further banned Riley and Walker to ever engage in non-profit work again.
Still, numerous alumni of UHO are still on the streets doing the same scam.