Missouri Attorney General Gets Default Judgment Against 'Woody Nelson' For Tornado Charity Fraud
October 10, 2011 at 4:03 AM (PT)
MISSOURI Attorney General CHRIS KOSTER has obtained a default judgment in JASPER COUNTY Circuit Court against STEVEN BLOOD, the radio personality also known as "WOODY NELSON," for fraud. BLOOD was accused of using the JOPLIN and TUSCALOOSA tornado disasters to fraudulently solicit donations through three websites that he allegedly used for his personal expenses, selling T-shirts and concert sponsorships that were ostensibly to raise funds for tornado victims but were instead not used for that purpose.
“Unfortunately, there are always those who will take advantage of unsuspecting consumers during times of tragedy,” KOSTER said in a press release. “Protecting the citizens of JOPLIN is this office’s number-one goal, and we will be aggressive in going after those who engage in charity scams or other fraudulent behavior affecting JOPLIN’s recovery.”
The court order requires BLOOD to pay restitution and a 10% penalty, plus $13,000 in civil penalties and $10,400 attorneys’ costs plus court costs and investigation/prosecution costs, and is prohibited from soliciting for disaster relief or any other similar cause, and from using any online media, including social media, to engage in conduct prohibited by the court.