(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced an agreement with Matthew M. Casey of Toledo, Ohio, former manager of a scholarship fund named for his father, Mike Casey, to stop charitable solicitations.
“Those who oversee charities are obligated to make sure that the donations they receive go toward their designated purpose,” Attorney General DeWine said. “This case clearly shows that my office won’t tolerate and will go after anyone who uses charitable funds for personal purposes.”
Matthew Casey misappropriated approximately $18,696.51 of charitable funds from 2005 to 2012 while he controlled the Mike Casey Memorial Fund, including $3,046.51 in checks made payable to Matthew Casey, a $3,600 transfer to his personal account, and $12,050 in cash withdrawals. Casey repaid approximately $12,862.50 to the Memorial Fund. Some of the additional $5,834 in undocumented cash withdrawals was for legitimate expenses associated with golf outings held for the Mike Casey Memorial Fund.
Under the terms of the Assurance of Discontinuance, Matthew Casey will pay a $2,400 fine to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and will not hold any position in or participate in soliciting donations for any charitable organization in Ohio. The penalty for each failure to comply will be a minimum of $40,000 or true damages at the Attorney General’s discretion.
For additional information about a charity or to file a complaint against a questionable organization, call the Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or go online at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Kate Hanson: 614-466-3840