State of Minnesota suing fundraiser for veterans’ charity

Minnesota is suing its fundraising arm for deceptive practices.

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By Mark Brunswick

When the phone rang in November 2015, Danette Crenshaw of Glencoe, Minn., declined to donate $20 to an organization called the Foundation for American Veterans.

So she was confused when she got a call from the same group a few days later, claiming that she had pledged $20 and asking that she immediately pay over the phone.

Things became more perplexing when the pledge reminders started appearing in the mail. Meanwhile, she and her husband, Jan, a U.S. Army veteran, kept getting the calls.

Concerned by what he thought were high-pressure tactics and deceptive messaging, Jan did some research and didn’t like what he discovered.

“Basically it amounts to an outfit preying on senior citizens and ex-military,” said Jan Crenshaw, who served in the Army from 1960 to 1967.

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