||KNXV-TV (Phoenix, Ariz.)
||Aug. 3 - ongoing
||In their ongoing "Cash for Compliance?" series, the reporters revealed how a group called Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) grossly exploited the Americans with Disabilities Act and leveraged it into a money-making machine cloaked as a non-profit organization. The reporters have produced more than two dozen stories that systematically unraveled AID's multi-layered enterprise and showed its deception, hypocrisy, motives and players.
Their major findings include:
- AID’s own facilities had the same violations as the 1700 businesses they’ve sued.
- No one with disabilities ever visited the businesses AID sued.
- The IRS granted AID official non-profit status. However, on its IRS application, the reporters uncovered AID didn’t disclose any information about its lawsuits and its plan to self-fund through litigation. The reporters also revealed that AID set up other business entities that shuffle funds.
- AID is secretly funded and backed by a controversial entrepreneur with a history of consumer fraud.
- The lead attorney for AID has a history of ethical violations. The reporters also discovered that he made repeated mistakes in AID’s lawsuits. The State Bar of Arizona has interviewed many of the people featured in their reports.
||disabilities; exploitation; money
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