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What I want to do

Expose the fraud ongoing in this organization

What matters to me

funds being collected in the name of Hospice with almost no proven programming involved. False claims for services rendered on 990's for programs provided by others. 990's never shown to board.

What inspires me

Fraud against the community.Must be discontinued. Forgery of checks under permission to sign?....but no permission to spend must stop. NON payment of worker's comp policy discovered. NON payment of D and O Insurance policy discovered. Total lack of business ethics discovered at hand of Executive Director. Running a thrift store as a front for a non profit must stop.

Riverside , CA USA

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RIVERSIDE HOSPICE INC
February 2, 2014

Where are the 990 files for 2012. This organization has closed the doors of the thrift shop. There was no notice to the community of their closing or of the distribution of cash or goods remaining. How can a not for profit close the doors and take the money and not report what has happened. The community deserves the facts. The Feds and the AG need to question where the money and goods went. The Community needs to beware of continued efforts to raise money using the name Riverside Hospice and Bereavement Center and Companion Connection. To solicit funds and profit personally from those efforts is a fraud on the public. This fraud was pronounced to be the case by Commissioner Pam Thatcher in official court documents where she stated to call oneself a Hospice and not be a hospice for the purposes of fund raising was "despicable". The Executive Director, who took it upon herself to hid financials from the board of directors and to forge the president of the organization's name on a 990, which she never once showed to the board. (the 990"s) has a set of behaviors that must be reviewed and stopped. March 2014. One year later the 990 has not been filed and the community has not been informed as to the whereabouts of the cash and assets that should have been made a part of the public record upon closing of this deceptive organization. The Exec. Director and the Past President, still have made no attempt for a public accounting of anything. They just asked us to go away and forget about Riverside Hospice. This is a tragedy.
April 2014. Still no accounting to the public. Agency closed. Thrift store goods unaccounted for. NO official notice of close down of "non profit agency". Funds are unaccounted for and 990 not filed since 2011.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have an investigation of the solicitation of goods that the Exec Director never intended to be used for the stated mission of the organization. I would have the Executive Director repay the community for the personal gain she enjoyed. I would ask the Exec Director to repay the checks she wrote to herself as a bonus ( signing both her name and the name of the treasurer in secrecy) when the organization was loosing money. I would ask the Executive Director to do community service for retribution

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

RIVERSIDE HOSPICE INC
October 4, 2013

Doors of the Riverside Hospice Thrift Store have been closed for six months. The president Lorrie Cadena, states that everyone should just go away and not bother the executive director or herself who have not to date filed he 2012 taxes...or made a statement as to what they did with the assets that were in the bank and/or the donations that were in the store when they loaded up their personal cars and drove away. The community has not been notified in any way as to where the donations and support offered to them was "relocated." If there is income still going to those who orchestrated this fiasco, SHAME on YOU. You took money, pretended to give services, kept secrets from the last board of directors and still conducted fund raising while the exec director, Rita Best and President Lorrie Cadena testified in court that the board of directors was never shown the 990 and that it was not needed.? As past president I asked to see the financials repeatedly and they were always being "reworked" due to computer errors or other lame excuses. This is not over. The community deserves an answer as to where their donations went. The community needs to know if in fact they were giving money and taking valid donations from a legit non profit ..... which I and other past board members who resigned with me, now believe to have been nothing more than a "thrift store operating as a front for a non profit"

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a full investigation by those who are not afraid of politics.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Review from Guidestar
RIVERSIDE HOSPICE INC
July 12, 2013

Riverside Hospice "Thrift Store" which was the fundraising arm of this organization has closed its doors a couple of months ago. THERE IS NO NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE DISOLVING OF THIS ORGANIZATION. THERE IS NO NOTICE TO THE PAST DONORS AS TO HOW THE ASSETS WERE DISTRIBUTED. SO FAR THERE IS NO POSTING OF THEIR 990 COVERING THE LAST YEAR OF OPERATION. A COURT COMMISSIONER FOUND THIS 'THRIFT STORE' TO BE THAT AND NOTHING MORE. THE NOT FOR PROFIT STATEMENTS WERE MANIPULATED BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE BOARD. THE 990'S WERE SUBMITTED UNDER HER SIGNATURE WITHOUT BOARD REVIEW OR APPROVAL. 5 DAYS OF COURT TESTIMONY REVEALS HER TESTIMONY AS TO HAVING MADE THESE DECISIONS ON HER OWN WITHOUT DISCUSSION WITH THE BOARD. THE PROCESS FOR DISOLVING A NON PROFIT SHOWS NO EVIDENCE OF BEING ADHEARED TO. ONCE AGAIN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAKES DECISIONS WITHOUT PENALTY. ONCE AGAIN THE PUBLIC HAS NOT BEEN INFORMED AS TO WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR DONATIONS TO THIS ORGANIZATION WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS. IRS/ATTORNEY GENERAL/SECRETARY OF STATE.....PLEASE INVESTIGATE. AFTER DISCOVERY OF THE FORGERY OF MY NAME AS PRESIDENT ON A 990 WHICH MYSELF AND THE BOARD KNEW NOTHING ABOUT, WE REPORTED THIS TO EVERY AGENCY ASSOCIATED WITH NON PROFITS. THE ORGANIZATION WAS TURNED OVER TO ECONOMIC CRIME OFFICERS IN THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPT. WHO SENT THEIR FIRST EVALUATION ON TO THE AG AS
EMBEZZLEMENT. UPON DISCOVERY OF ADDITIONAL MISDEADS WHICH INCLUDED THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SIGNING TWO SIGNATURE CHECKS USING HER NAME AND "DUPLICATING" THE SIGNATURE "STYLE" OF THE TREASURER, THE ECONOMIC CRIME INVESTIGATOR STATED HE COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT THE CHECKS AS THEY EXISTED ONLY AS COPIES? EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEFENDED THIS PRACTICE, (WHICH INCLUDED GIVING HERSELF A CHRISTMAS BONUS BY SIGNING BOTH SIGNATURES) AS USUAL PRACTICE FOR HER WITH PERMISSION TO SIGN AS HER DEFENSE. BIG PROBLEM, NO ONE KNEW THIS PRACTICE AND SHE DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO "SPEND". THIS IS AN INSULT ON OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. PAST BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS INCLUDE TWO JUDGES. ONE A FEDERAL JUDGE. I AM SURE MANY WANT THE ORGANIZATION TO GO QUIETLY WITHOUT COMMENT OR HOLDING RESPONSIBLE THOSE WHO MISS SPENT FUNDS OR WHO USED THE NAME HOSPICE. WHEN IN FACT NO HOSPICE CARE WAS PROVIDED BY THIS ORGANIZATION AS INCORPORATED. I AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, WHO RESIGNED, REMAIN AMAZED THAT THIS ORGANIZATION HAS NOT BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ACTS OF DECEPTION, OMISSION AND SECRECY. THERE HAS BEEN NO ACCOUNTING. THE PUBLIC DESERVES TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR DONATIONS OF CASH AND GOODS. THE RULES OF DISOLVING A NON PROFIT NEED TO BE HONORED.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

FULL TRANSPARENCY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECRECY THAT SHE EMPLOYED. THE POLICE REPORTS ON FILE WITH THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT DESCRIBING HER PERSONAL GAIN FROM DONATIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED. AS AN EX BOARD MEMBER AND EX PRESIDENT, I WOULD HAVE LED THE BOARD TO RESTRUCTURE THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION AND/OR TURN THE ASSETS OVER TO ANOTHER LEGITIMATE NON PROFIT HAD I KNOW THE DECEPTION BEING PLAYED ON THE PUBLIC.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

RIVERSIDE HOSPICE INC
March 25, 2013

The thrift store remains open. The new manager has an online Cars4Charities web sight. The fraud continues. There is no non profit activity to warrant donations. Money collected pays salaries and there has been a documented loss of funds from the beginning. One must ask...WHERE did the money go.
4.23.2013 Riverside HOSPICE IS CLOSED...NO LONGER IS THE COMMUNITY...BEING FRAUDED.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

RIVERSIDE HOSPICE INC
October 30, 2012

I am the resigned past preside, Charlotte Hodge...The Executive Director, who remains in place and continues fund raiding, Rita Best has stated that forgery is "no big deal". I can assure you forgery of my name on a federal tax document that was falsified and full of fabrications and kept secret from myself and board members...."is a very big deal". Perjury charges pending. See police reports and evidence of theft and fraud.

Following findings issued by Superior Court commissioner Pam Thatcher, November 30. 2012 following a detailed five day hearing outling the concerns by Charlotte Hodge and other eye witnesses to the forgery, fraud and deception of the public interest that continues to this day.

"Clearly there were false statements made on the 990s.
Clearly there were false statements being made in advertisements
available to the public. Ms. Best testified, in fact, a
brochure indicated it was a hospice and bereavement center and
that it had some affiliation with United Way and was just an
oversight with regard to that material being made available to
the public.
Clearly there was testimony that Ms. Best signed both
signatures on a check. We do have testimony from the treasurer
of Riverside Hospice she authorized those signatures, but it is
concerning to the Court that, in fact, she not only signed both
names, but she signed both names on a check made payable to
herself for a bonus payable during a year when Riverside Hospice
showed no profit. Typically bonuses are paid when a company is
profitable.
So the problem with the fraud is that the public
donates to hospice facilities specifically because they are
hospice facilities. Many times members of the public donate to
hospice facilities when they have lost loved ones, and they
donate because they've lost a loved one and donate in honor of
that person. It is unconscionable the term hospice is used by a
facility when, in fact, they aren't.
With regard to Ms. Hodge's concern over the activities
that were going on and her digging into the financial6
information and the fact that there were large sums of money
that had been donated to Riverside Hospice because it holds
itself out as hospice even though it is not, her concerns were
well taken.
Exhibit 2, which is the letter to the Board of
Supervisors, Marion Ashley, contains false statements about
events. It specifically refers to the telephone call with Doug
Millsap. Originally the argument on the 990 was that Doug
Millsap had been available during a purported conference call.
Then the call became not a conference call. Then the testimony
is established, in fact, Mr. Millsap wasn't there at all. There
was testimony that was completely, totally contradictory with
regard to the call made by both Ms. Cadena and Ms. Best
indicating that their testimony with regard to how that call
occurred lacks all credibility.
With regard to the program for Companion Connection
matching volunteers to the elderly, there was some testimony
about that in an attempt, I believe, to lend some credibility to
the fact that Riverside Hospice furnishes some service to the
community. The testimony that was most troubling about the
Companion Connection program was that, in fact, according to Ms.
Best, volunteers are not given any criminal background checks as
what would be required if you were a licensed facility as a
hospice, which, of course, you aren't.
The problem is you are putting people with no
background check directly in contact with elderly people placing
them at great risk. "

comments from Commissioner Pam Thatcher, November 30, 2012 Riverside Superior Court, Riverside California. Following a 5 session hearing

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member