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'Preying on patriotism': Tulsa man accused of scamming hundreds with fake veterans charity

Jeff McDougal has been arrested and charged with 20 felony counts in connection with the charity fraud investigation. (KTUL)

Attorney General Mike Hunter has announced charges against a Tulsa man accused of running a fake veterans' charity.

Jeff McDougal has been arrested and charged with 20 felony counts in connection with the charity fraud investigation. The Attorney General's Office says McDougal solicited charitable contributions on behalf of American Oklahoma Veterans of Green Country through his own for-profit fundraising business, but all of the money went straight to McDougal's bank accounts -- allegedly, none of it was used to help veterans.

The AG's Office says McDougal is accused of swindling at least 600 Oklahomans out of around $35,000.

Many people who donated to the fake charity believed they were giving to a different charity with a similar name, the Green Country Veterans Association.

"The evidence we collected indicates Jeff McDougal was preying on the patriotism and compassions of Oklahomans, who wanted nothing more than to see their hard-earned money to go to a good cause to help veterans," Hunter said Thursday. "Organizations that support our veterans, like the VFW and many other, provide expert-level care and resources to meet the needs of the men and women who have served our country with honor. Conducting a charity fraud is one of the lowest forms of crime, and to do it in the name of our nation's veterans is appalling."


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