Two cancer charities with Idaho ties have been slapped with a permanent injunction, dissolving the activities of the fundraisers.
A settlement, announced by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and attorneys general in 49 other states, comes in the wake of state and federal complaints against charities run by James Reynolds and his family. Prosecutors said the Reynolds family spent an overwhelming majority of donations to the Cancer Fund of America and Cancer Support Services Inc. on themselves, friends and fundraisers instead of patients. Wasden and others alleged Reynolds bilked more than $187 million from donors.
The settlement also imposed a judgement against Reynolds and his charities of nearly $76 million, but prosecutors said the judgement would be suspended if Reynolds surrenders artwork, antique pistols and proceeds from the sale of a boat.
Wasden confirmed that consumers were targeted in Idaho and every other state in the country. James Reynolds Jr., an officer in the charities and also named in the suit, was a graduate of then-Ricks College—now BYU-Idaho—in Rexburg.