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Roach arraigned at Kenai Courthouse

Posted: May 8, 2012 - 3:39pm  |  Updated: May 8, 2012 - 3:50pm
Frank Roach listens to proceedings Tuesday during his arraignment in Kenai Superior Court.  Photo by M. Scott Moon
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Frank Roach listens to proceedings Tuesday during his arraignment in Kenai Superior Court.

Frank Roach, 52, of Kenai was arraigned Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse. 

He is receiving counsel from the Public Defender Agency, which entered a plea of not guilty.

Roach, who appeared in court wearing yellow scrubs and did not speak during his arraignment, is charged with allegedly pocketing donations meant for deployed soldiers through his organization “Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes for Heroes.” Roach's charges include scheme to defraud, first-degree theft and seven counts of second-degree theft. 

A trial has been set for July 16 at the Kenai Courthouse. 

The organization was started in April 2010. It claimed to be raising money to send care packages to deployed soldiers. Donations were received at retail stores from Wasilla to Homer and from telephone solicitations, according to the Office of Special Prosecutions. 

Employees were paid for providing services to the organization, such as managing stands in front of grocery stores. Roach used the remaining money, Assistant Attorney General Clint Campion said. 

An investigation led by Kenai Police Department Investigator Jeff Whannell revealed “Boxes for Heroes” raised more than $140,000 in donations from April 2010 to October 2011. Roach allegedly used the money as his sole source of income and to pay for all his living expenses.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 05/08/12 - 06:09 pm
OOPS!! Not looking good for

OOPS!! Not looking good for this one in his own Sharing equally plan which i'm sure he learned how to pull off by watching the Govt. get away with $Trillions$ by basically defrauding all of US, the same plan differant results.

Revelation 13:16-17

kenai_kid 05/08/12 - 06:55 pm
One difference

The difference between a person scheming to defraud, and the government taking your money, is in a case such as this, people willingly surrender their cash and a taxpayer is bound by law to give up their hard earned cash. They have no choice but to pay ... sort of like extortion!
But I do agree with you Jerry (yes, you read that right), in both cases, it's criminal!

wings 05/09/12 - 06:22 pm
How many other NONPROFITS

Need someone to turn them in for fraud? Roach was only doing what they all do, but no one seems to notice them. Roach just happened on to an idea that everyone felt bliss when they gave him something. None of it is right. All excess funding given to the nonprofit agencies needs to be returned to the taxpayers who supplied the funding institutions in the first place (without taxpayers knowledge, of course). Since it is citizens money funding nonprofit agencies, citizens have the right to see the books.

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