On Wednesday, the secretary of state and Maryland attorney general accused a charity of illegally operating as a nonprofit and scamming its donors.
The Maryland attorney general and secretary of state issued a cease-and-desist letter to We Can-Cer Vive! and Mia Wright, founder and president of the charity.
In a statement, Wright said unintentional oversights contributed to the state’s accusations.
“Please know that I stand behind my calling of assisting cancer patients declared terminally ill and their families,” Wright said. “I can assure the public that all funds raised by me and We Can-Cer-vive! go directly to support the mission of the organization and that we are working to rectify the mistakes made in failing to register in Maryland and will be happy to continue to show the good work that we do.”
The charity has been accused of various violations of the Maryland Solicitations Act, including failure to register, before soliciting with the Secretary of state and misleading advertising materials.
“Consumers who are generous enough to give shouldn’t have to worry whether their hard-earned money is being sent to sham charities,” Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said in a statement.
We Can-Cer Vive! and Mia wright claimed the charity was a 501(c)(3) organization.