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May 20, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles city officials suspended the operations of a charity telemarketing firm Thursday for allegedly receiving funds on behalf of an organization it does not represent. Robert D. Burns, general manager of the Los Angeles Social Service Department, notified Valley Fundraisers--a commercial business that seeks donations for charities--that he had withdrawn the firm's permit to solicit in the city and was taking steps that could lead to permanent revocation of its fund-raising license.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleging an "enormous" fraud, state officials have filed charges against a charitable fund-raising business, accusing it of illegally soliciting donations for charities that do not exist or that never received the money. On Wednesday, a judge froze the bank accounts of Valley Fundraisers and barred the firm from soliciting donations until a July 20 hearing on the state's charges, contained in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994
A fund-raising business that has allegedly cashed checks for charities that don't exist and real charities that it did not represent has forfeited its city license, a Los Angeles official said Wednesday. Robert D. Burns, general manager of the Los Angeles Social Service Department, said Thomas Galambos, president and owner of Valley Fundraisers, failed to appeal a March 25 notice of intention to revoke Galambos' license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleging "an enormous fraud," state officials have filed charges against a charitable fund-raising business, accusing it of illegally soliciting donations for charities that do not exist or which never received the money. A civil complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that Valley Fundraisers and its president, Thomas Galambos, defrauded the public in a telemarketing operation that has reported raising $2.6 million over the past four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles officials took a major step Wednesday toward banning a charitable fund-raising organization that was the subject of a Times article disclosing that it cashed checks for charities that don't exist and real charities that it did not represent. Robert D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fund-raising business that has allegedly cashed checks for charities that don't exist and real charities that it did not represent has forfeited its city license, a Los Angeles official said Wednesday. Robert D. Burns, general manager of the Los Angeles Social Service Department, said Thomas Galambos, president and owner of Valley Fundraisers, failed to appeal a March 25 notice of intention to revoke Galambos' license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local agencies announced parallel investigations into a telemarketing business Monday after disclosures by The Times that the firm has received donations for nonexistent charities and real charities that it does not represent. Robert Burns, general manager of the city's Social Service Department, said he will begin an investigation of Valley Fund-raisers in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department bunco/forgery unit and the city attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleging an "enormous" fraud, state officials have filed charges against a charitable fund-raising business, accusing it of illegally soliciting donations for charities that do not exist or that never received the money. On Wednesday, a judge froze the bank accounts of Valley Fundraisers and barred the firm from soliciting donations until a July 20 hearing on the state's charges, contained in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alleging "an enormous fraud," state officials have filed charges against a charitable fund-raising business, accusing it of illegally soliciting donations for charities that do not exist or which never received the money. A civil complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that Valley Fundraisers and its president, Thomas Galambos, defrauded the public in a telemarketing operation that has reported raising $2.6 million over the past four years.
NEWS
May 8, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Burbank-based telemarketing firm that took in $500,000 in charitable contributions last year has cashed checks made out either to charities that do not exist or real charities that never received the money, a Times investigation has found. Valley Fundraisers, a business whose telephone solicitors call households across the Los Angeles area, also sought and received donations for charities it does not legally represent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994
A fund-raising business that has allegedly cashed checks for charities that don't exist and real charities that it did not represent has forfeited its city license, a Los Angeles official said Wednesday. Robert D. Burns, general manager of the Los Angeles Social Service Department, said Thomas Galambos, president and owner of Valley Fundraisers, failed to appeal a March 25 notice of intention to revoke Galambos' license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fund-raising business that has allegedly cashed checks for charities that don't exist and real charities that it did not represent has forfeited its city license, a Los Angeles official said Wednesday. Robert D. Burns, general manager of the Los Angeles Social Service Department, said Thomas Galambos, president and owner of Valley Fundraisers, failed to appeal a March 25 notice of intention to revoke Galambos' license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles officials took a major step Wednesday toward banning a charitable fund-raising organization that was the subject of a Times article disclosing that it cashed checks for charities that don't exist and real charities that it did not represent. Robert D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles city officials suspended the operations of a charity telemarketing firm Thursday for allegedly receiving funds on behalf of an organization it does not represent. Robert D. Burns, general manager of the Los Angeles Social Service Department, notified Valley Fundraisers--a commercial business that seeks donations for charities--that he had withdrawn the firm's permit to solicit in the city and was taking steps that could lead to permanent revocation of its fund-raising license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local agencies announced parallel investigations into a telemarketing business Monday after disclosures by The Times that the firm has received donations for nonexistent charities and real charities that it does not represent. Robert Burns, general manager of the city's Social Service Department, said he will begin an investigation of Valley Fund-raisers in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department bunco/forgery unit and the city attorney.
NEWS
May 8, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Burbank-based telemarketing firm that took in $500,000 in charitable contributions last year has cashed checks made out either to charities that do not exist or real charities that never received the money, a Times investigation has found. Valley Fundraisers, a business whose telephone solicitors call households across the Los Angeles area, also sought and received donations for charities it does not legally represent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993
Some groups that solicit money for charitable organizations and causes are extremely efficient. The best make sure that all but a small fraction of the money goes toward its predetermined purpose. By that standard, few have been more diligent than Valley Fundraisers Inc. of Burbank. Some 88% of the $607,947 raised by the company last year went precisely where President Thomas Galambos intended. Unfortunately, the goal was keeping most of the money, and making a profit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The ashes of riot-torn South Los Angeles have become fertile ground for con artists, as unscrupulous loan brokers and fund-raisers are moving swiftly to cash in on the nation's worst urban disaster this century. Owners of burned-out businesses are being approached by brokers seeking upfront fees or claims on their property and making loans with nearly impossible repayment terms, consumer advocates said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993
Some groups that solicit money for charitable organizations and causes are extremely efficient. The best make sure that all but a small fraction of the money goes toward its predetermined purpose. By that standard, few have been more diligent than Valley Fundraisers Inc. of Burbank. Some 88% of the $607,947 raised by the company last year went precisely where President Thomas Galambos intended. Unfortunately, the goal was keeping most of the money, and making a profit.
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