- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix fundraising consultant faces federal charges accusing her of defrauding nonprofits of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An indictment issued Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Phoenix alleges Mary Frances Bauer used fictitious employees and donors such as fictitious individuals and charitable trusts to falsely induce the nonprofits to pay fees for fundraising.

According to the indictment stemming from an Internal Revenue Service investigation, Bauer used the money to fund the fraud and her own personal expenses during an alleged fraud beginning in 2009 and ending in 2014.

No phone is listed in Bauer’s name and it could not be immediately determined whether she has an attorney who could comment on the dozens of counts of wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

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