Charity road race organizer banned for fraud

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A Pennsylvania man is accused of organizing charity events in North Dakota and pocketing the money.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease and desist order against Thomas Burke.

He is accused of organizing races in North Dakota called “Officers Down 5-k.”

He’s accused of taking all of the profits and leaving local organizers to pay the bills for the events.

Other races were canceled and Burke allegedly refused to refund registration fees.

“Mr. Burke preyed on North Dakota communities known for their support of local law enforcement and used that information to put money in his own pocket while leaving the supposed beneficiaries with unpaid bills. That is reprehensible,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. 

Burke is not registered as a charity or a professional fundraiser in North Dakota. There are criminal theft charges pending against him in Pennsylvania for not disbursing race proceeds and a vendor in Minnesota has a judgment against him for more than $16,000. 

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