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Upper Sandusky woman to dissolve organization

An Upper Sandusky woman accused of using charitable donations for cars, vacations, motorcycle reconditioning, college tuition and cash for her family is to dissolve her organization, Koda Bear Foundation, and pay $2,000 in restitution and an $8,000 civil fine, according to a release from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

“She took with one hand and ended up spending with both,” Yost said in a release. “Behavior like this not only harms other more deserving organizations but also the public’s trust in charity.”

Melissa Johnson agreed to dissolve the organization, to never again incorporate a nonprofit organization in Ohio and to shut down websites and social media accounts related to the foundation, according to the release.

She also cannot serve as a board member or solicit on behalf of a nonprofit in the state for five years, the release states.

The foundation had stated its mission was to provide headstones for families who have lost a child, and it had total revenue of $33,671.97 in 2018, according to the release.

Suspected charitable fraud can be reported to Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or (800) 282-0515.

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