Tenn. AG complaint states donations for Newtown victims misspent

Tenn. AG complaint states donations for Newtown victims misspent

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26.4.26 Foundation Robbie Bruce did not return News 2's calls for comment. 26.4.26 Foundation Robbie Bruce did not return News 2's calls for comment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Nashville's News 2 is tracking a complaint that states thousands of dollars intended for shooting victims remains unaccounted.
 
The Tennessee attorney general's office is looking into the allegations that money raised by the 26.4.26 Foundation for the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut was spent by the organization's founder on personal items.
     
News 2 has been investigating the story since December and obtained a copy of the non-profit complaint form submitted by Ryan Graney, who said she is on the board of directors for the foundation.

According to the complaint, the founder of the 26.4.26 Foundation, Robbie Bruce, has been using the money raised by the organization for personal use.

The complaint also says that only an initial $30,000 donation was given to the intended recipients.

The organization raised a total of $103,000.

One expenditure from the Paypal account noted in the complaint was for $3,245.50 to X3 Endurance, Bruce's former company.

News 2 talked to X3 Endurance officials who said Bruce was never an employee of the company, and they provided an invoice that showed the $3,245.50 payment was for a t-shirt order.

The complaint also said Bruce spent $1,253 on a paddle board.  News 2 confirmed the purchase from a company in Hermitage, but they did not know if it was foundation business or for Bruce's personal use.  

Several people reported Bruce is the only person with knowledge on exactly how the money was spent.

He did not return News 2's phone calls and a someone close to him said they would not pass on our message for clarification on the funds.

The 26.4.26 Foundation Web site is gone and, aside from a December 20 post announcing that money is unaccounted for, there has been no Facebook activity on behalf of the foundation.

The Tennessee attorney general's office confirmed they received the complaint from Grainy, but would not comment further as a matter of department policy.

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