A Fish Rots From the Head : Charitable Corruption-- Legal & Journalistic Indifference

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Most every American has been scammed one way or the other in their lifetime. Deep down inside, each and everyone of them wanted to seek retribution in one form or another. Despite the odds, lack of resources, time and legal background, G. Gregory Konrad exposes the unethical and dishonest fund-raising methods many national charities have willingly participated in, to generate greater revenues.

In his book, A Fish Rots From The Head/Charitable Corruption...Legal & Journalistic Indifference, Konrad goes to extremes to right an injustice by documenting over 200 pieces of evidence, mostly subpoenaed Better Business Bureau records, proving that many charities unethically raise money and at the same time, contribute to vast fraud in the vending industry. These charities contractually lend their names to charity vending programs that net them and the third party vending operators millions of dollars, while the independent investors lose big time and unsuspecting citi! zens buy miniature candies without knowing they are being deceived.

In a day where charity has become a $500+ billion business and still growing strong with over 45,000 not-for-profit organizations, Konrad attempts to expose the public to the real truth about many charitites (The Leukemie Society of America, The National Cancer Care Foundation (Cancer Care, Inc.) and others), the lack of government action early on, the media's laid back attitude in rightfully exposing charity corruption, and both their indifference towards it all.

The fact is that many government agencies, the FBI, the FTC and others knew of the charity vending problems as early as 1989, but waited to act until 1994. In 1995 Konrad's book came out just as the government pressed charges, won a civil settlement for $31+ million in 1996 and in 1997 eight defendants were sentenced for wire/mail fraud and money laundering for up to ten years in federal prisons. The civil and criminal trials came about as an ind! irect, if not direct, result of Konrad's persistence and de! spite his 1991 unanswered efforts to get the government to take action. In 1998 and 1999 very small refunds from the only $100,000 seized by the government in 1994 were returned to investors.

This untold story is now uncovered in A Fish Rots From The Head. Despite the threats, struggles and actions of Konrad, it is sad to say the problem still exists today. Konrad sought to correct a wrong, proved his claims, won a moral victory, and yet did not recover his financial losses. He did what every American who has been scammed has wanted to do, but couldn't for one reason or another.

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About the Author:

Greg Konrad resides in Denver, Colorado where he works as a code enforcement agent with the City & County of Denver. Konrad attended Metro State College in Denver and, also practices as a independent consultant.

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..."Konrad is not a lawyer, and, God love him, he is clearly fascinated by the minute workings of the legal system. Reading about Konrad trying to get his $6,180 back is like reading about a man who makes models of cities out of matchsticks, or builds a sailboat in his basement. It is the obsession that becomes interesting.

For that reason, I must recommend the book. Wholeheartedly. It is unlike any you have read or will ever likely read again. It is, I believe, not simply an important legal book, but a unique literary achievement. Not only is it the triumph of the mundane, but it is an extraordinary statement on the current human condition."

--Jonathon S. Shapiro in a review in The American Lawyer magazine

...A Fish Rots From The Head also demonstrates the incompetence and surprising indifference exercised by most TV and newspaper moguls. If charities are involved in graft and corruption, wouldn't the media want to tell the American people about it? Eviden! tly such is not the case.

After reading Konrad's book, investors will certainly think twice before involving themselves in any charity vending program, regardless of any promises made by the vending company or the charity. Similarly, givers would be well advised to consider this shocking tale before deciding which charities are worthy of their donations."

--John Tiffany, exclusive to The Spotlight, Washington, DC

..."Konrad sued the Leukemia Society in New York and subpoenaed its president, who resigned the day before the case went to trial....

...The book takes its title from Konrad's view that it is the head of organizations that are responsible for their organization's involvement in schemes like the one which took him three years to resolve....

Konrad complains that the charities failed to screen the companies they contracted with, and instead put a clothes pin on their nose and took the money....

When asked why they continued their relationship with a firm accus! ed of fraud, one charity explained, "Well, we have a contra! ct with them."..."

Jon Pratt, Nonprofit/Regulation & Accountability -- Publisher Comments

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