Legal Actions Taken by the Attorney General

Assurances of Discontinuance

The following is a list of Assurances of Discontinuance filed by the Washington State Attorney General's Office. The individuals or entities listed below cannot legally solicit contributions in Washington State until the conditions set forth in the Assurance have been met.

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Individual or Organization Name AOD Dated
Washington State Jaycees February 2012
Dialogue Direct, Inc. January 2010
Burned Children Recovery Foundation
(Michael T. Mathis)
August 2009
Reserve Police Officers Association January 2009
Children's Care International April 2007
Wrestling Rhinos March 2007
Children's Mercy Fund February 2007
Alki Women's Safe Houses November 2004

Assurances of Discontinuance are agreements between the Attorney General's Office and an individual or entity believed to have violated the Charitable Solicitations Act. While the defendant individual or entity does not admit wrongdoing, the defendant agrees not to engage in practices that violate the Charitable Solicitations Act, including soliciting charitable donations without registering with the Office of the Secretary of State. A violation of the Assurance may serve as grounds for a civil action by the Attorney General. Assurances of Discontinuance are filed in court under the Consumer Protection Act and typically require payment costs and attorney fees.

Court Actions

The following is a list of Court Actions filed by the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Individual or Organization Name Action Dated
Autism Outreach Foundation
(Brandie M. Christian a/k/a Brandie M. Blackford and Joshua E. Hani)
September 2, 2014
Olympic Animal Sanctuary
(Stephen C. Markwell)
July 29, 2014
Olympic Animal Sanctuary
(Stephen C. Markwell)
July 29, 2014
Kures 4 Kids
(Michael W. Gannon, Amy Gannon)
December 11, 2013
Kures 4 Kids
(Michael W. Gannon, Amy Gannon)
December 11, 2013
Autism Awareness United, Autism Awareness Washington, Autism Awareness Northwest, Encore Marketing Group, Inc.,
(Joseph W. Searles, Rena R. Searles)
February 13, 2013
People Helping Horses December 19, 2012
People Helping Horses (Gretchen L. Salstrom) December 19, 2012
Pasado Safe Haven November 5, 2010
Pasado Safe Haven October 20, 2010
Charitable Assistance Group
(Justin McGuinn, Joseph Michael McGuinn, and Virginia Bartlett)
October 20, 2010
Network Services of Puget Sound (Name has been changed to Red Letter Programs and Housing.) 
(Salli Deboer)
February 16, 2010
Community Support, Inc. May 27, 2009
Network Services of Puget Sound (Name has been changed to Red Letter Programs and Housing.)
(Salli Deboer)
December 3, 2008
Veterans of Western Washington
(Michael J. Shay)
December 20, 2007
Blind Children’s Services of Puget Sound
(Darin DeWitt)
December 3, 2007
Veterans of Western Washington
(Robert Shay, Marcello Graniel, Michael Shay)
October 9, 2007
Veterans of Western Washington
(Robert Shay, Marcello Graniel, Michael Shay)
October 9, 2007
Blind Children's Services of Puget Sound
(Darin DeWitt, Robert Shay)
August 16, 2007
Veterans of Western Washington
(Marcello Graniel, Robert Shay, Michael Shay)
August 16, 2007
Veterans of Western Washington
(Marcello Graniel, Robert Shay, Michael Shay)
January 18, 2007
Blind Children's Services of Puget Sound
(Darin DeWitt, Robert Shay)
January 18, 2007
Regal Satellite November 2006
Cancer Relief Fund November 2006

 


 

Every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate. However, statuses may change and these actions should not be solely relied upon without contacting the Secretary of State’s Charities Program for confirmation of current status. To speak with a Customer Service Representative, call the Charities Program toll free at 800-332-4483 during regular business hours.