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Cuccinelli Reaches Settlement With Fraudulent Fundraiser

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The fraudulent group donated $55,000 to the campaign of Ken Cuccinelli.

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says his office has reached a settlement with a company that solicited funds for a fraudulent group that donated to political candidates. Associated Community Services Inc. or ACS, made telemarketing calls for a group calling itself the United States Navy Veterans Association.

The group, which claimed it assisted disabled veterans and sent care packages to troops overseas, donated $55,000 to Cuccinelli's campaign in 2009. Cuccinelli donated the money to charity when questions arose about the organization's validity.

A man using the name Bobby Thompson headed the veterans group, but authorities say he was a fraud, operating under a stolen identity. He disappeared in June.

Under the rules of the settlement, ACS will pay more than $65,000 in refunds and penalties in Virginia for allegedly violating the state's contribution solicitation law. ACS does not admit any wrongdoing, and the settlement must still be approved by a judge.

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