California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a civil lawsuit Monday in Alameda County Superior Court against two charities based in Monterey County that run illegal raffles nominally intended to support veterans, then allegedly use the proceeds for personal expenses, including shopping at Victoria’s Secret.
Becerra is seeking to recover “hundreds of thousands of dollars” from the operators of Wounded Warriors Support Group and Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement, both of which are apparently run out of P.O. boxes in Carmel-by-the-Sea, but have operated in Alameda County. Neither organization appears to have a website or phone number, but a marketing email archived online by Constant Contact depicts a Shelby Cobra, an exotic sports car, that was raffled off last year.
Becerra is alleging that all of Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement’s revenues come from Wounded Warriors Support Group raffles. The proceeds from these raffles have allegedly been used for personal expenses including lingerie shopping, travel, dining, traffic school and paying off personal credit card debt.
Becerra is seeking damages, civil penalties and involuntary dissolution of both charities. He is also seeking a court order stopping Matthew G. Gregory, his wife Danella Gregory and their children, Matthew J. Gregory and Gina Gregory, from operating another charity in this state.
Becerra is also urging potential donors to read the Office of the Attorney General’s publication “Donation Tips for Supporting Veterans,” which can be found online at http://bit.ly/2ol0vWm.
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