Tulsa Man Charged With Fake Veterans Charity Scam
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa man charged with creating a fake veterans charity and taking all of the money for himself is out of jail on bond.
The state Attorney General charged Jeff McDougal with 20 felonies.
News On 6 was the only station with cameras rolling when McDougal left the jail Thursday afternoon. He did not answer any questions about the charges against him.
Right now, the AG said there are around 20 victims but he believes there could be many more.
An affidavit said McDougal set up a charity called American Oklahoma Veterans of Green Country.
The charity name is very similar to the "Green Country Veterans Association."
"The investigation revealed a number of individuals McDougal defrauded believed they were giving to a similarly named charity called the Green Country Veterans Association," said Attorney General Mike Hunter.
The affidavit said the agent doing the investigation found, "most of the funds in the account were paid to McDougal or another account that was controlled by him. The agent did not find any of the funds were used to assist veterans."
"We are convinced that McDougal was preying on the patriotism and compassion of Oklahomans who wanted to give their hard earned money to a good cause," Hunter said.
Tulsa VFW Commander Josh Starks said he is frustrated anyone would take advantage of Oklahoma military men and women.
"They are targeting the very people who have raised their right hand and protected their freedom, that took the time from their family, their lives and assumed the risk to give up to their life," Starks said.
The attorney general is asking anyone who donated money to the American Oklahoma Veterans of Green Country to fill out a charity complaint form on the Attorney General’s web page.