Maryland part of FTC complaint against charity fraud

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is joining a Federal Trade Commission complaint against four cancer charities that are accused of misusing $187 million nationwide raised by deceptive fundraising practices.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Attorney General Brian Frosh made the announcement Tuesday.

The FTC is investigating Cancer Fund of America Inc., Children's Cancer Fund of America Inc., The Breast Cancer Society Inc. and Cancer Support Services.

The four charities allegedly spent about 86 percent of contributions on paying professional fundraisers and their own salaries. They also allegedly spent the money on lavish cars, trips, cruises and sporting events.

Hogan is calling the case "one of the most heinous charity scams in Maryland history."

The money was raised between 2008 and 2012.

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