FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said the Sandbox Veterans dissolving its organization is obviously a red flag. But that will make it harder for state investigators to reach the group. Regardless, Zoeller said officials are still trying to chase down members of the Sandbox Veterans.
The Fort Wayne group used to collect donations from generous drivers, saying the money went to help Iraq and Afghanistan vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But after 15 Finds Out’s exclusive series of investigations into the Sandbox Veterans, members stopped fundraising efforts and the organization “voluntarily dissolved” its nonprofit standing with the state.
When it comes to records with the state, Zoeller said the Sandbox Veterans group has essentially disappeared. With no more organization, he hopes to go after individual members of the group.
“We’re still doing an investigation so we’ll see whether there’s some funds we can recover, see if there are some consumer penalties that will go against,” Zoeller said. “But at this point I’ll say realistically it becomes harder when they’ve dissolved.”
Zoeller encourages residents in Fort Wayne to do their research before giving, especially to nonprofits with compelling names about veterans.
15 Finds Out will continue to follow the Attorney General’s investigation into the Sandbox Veterans and will have the latest as soon as it becomes available.