DENVER —Adam Shryock, the founder of the fake charity fundraiser Boobies Rock!, Inc. will serve an additional six months in jail for contempt of court. On Friday afternoon, Shryock was immediately handcuffed and taken to jail after Denver District Court Judge Shelley Gilman found there was “overwhelming” evidence that he violated her July 2013 Order.
“Adam Shryock is now a repeat charity-fraud offender, which is why it is fitting that he received the maximum penalty for thumbing his nose at the court and continuing to commit charitable fraud,” said Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. “Mr. Shryock victimized both the young women who believed they were raising money for charity and the charities themselves by using their names without permission,” explained Coffman.
Judge Gilman specifically found that Shryock was the “driving force” behind a fall 2014 fundraising tour that, like his past activities, involved hiring promotional models to sell merchandise at bars and tailgating events and to represent that a portion of the sales’ proceeds would go to cancer charities. Although Shryock claimed only to be the wholesaler and consultant to the woman running the tour, the judge found comprehensive evidence that he was heavily involved in the tour’s day-to-day operations. The promotional models represented first that they were raising money for Cancer Care, and then for Stupid Cancer, two legitimate cancer charities, that never authorized the use of their names for Shryock’s fundraising tour.
A representative from the national charity, Stupid Cancer appeared at Shryock’s contempt hearing and testified that Shryock did not have authority to fundraise on its behalf. Moreover, the organization never received any donations from him.
This activity was in violation of a 2013 order in which Judge Gilman enjoined Shryock from engaging in the advertisement or sale of merchandise or collecting any money on behalf of himself or any other organization, representing that funds are being raised for charitable causes. He was further enjoined from operating, forming, founding, or establishing any charitable organization, making any charitable solicitations on behalf of any charity; and from using any trade names to make any charitable solicitations.
The Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office filed a civil complaint against Shryock and his business entities alleging that they were committing charitable fraud.
Coloradans are reminded that before donating, they should take the extra steps to thoroughly research any organization, or person claiming to collect for an organization, and ensure their money is finding the right pockets. Consumers and businesses should report fraud online or calling 1-800-222-4444.