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    UHO Homeless Donation Jugs Are a Scam

    [B]Homeless beggar jars a sham: AG[/B]

    These guys seem to be on every corner in Midtown. Keep this story in mind before you pony up.

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    Andy rips sidewalk beg 'con'
    By MELISSA KLEIN, KEVIN FASICK and CHUCK BENNETT
    Just in time for the holidays, state authorities are going for the jug-ular -- seeking to banish forever the panhandling pests who clog Manhattan's busiest corners with folding tables and plastic water bottles.

    State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed suit yesterday, charging the United Homeless Organization is a scam run by con artists who pocket most of the change they collect -- hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

    The beggars -- most of whom claim to be street people -- say that the money tossed into their jugs goes to the homeless. And it does, the suit says. They just don't bother to say they're talking about themselves.


    UHO founder Stephen Riley and director Myra Walker take a big cut of the money to fund personal shopping sprees at the GameStop, Home Shopping Network, Bed Bath & Beyond and P.C. Richard, as well as their monthly cable bills, legal papers charge.

    Riley, a beefy 60-year-old, shamelessly used the donated dollars -- which are supposed to be used to "feed the homeless" -- to pay his Weight Watchers bills.

    The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeks a temporary injunction to shut down the UHO, then permanently disband it and keep Riley and Walker from ever taking part in charitable causes.

    The organization, run out of Walker's Bronx apartment, did not return a call for comment.

    The scam was strikingly simple, Cuomo said.

    Riley, who founded the UHO in 1985 and got tax-exempt status for it eight years later, charges a flat-rate $15 to $25 to rent a table and empty water jug for a four-hour shift.

    "In exchange for paying a fee to Riley, UHO workers received tables and UHO-branded materials, including a tablecloth, apron and plastic jug, and the right to claim membership in UHO," the suit charged.

    They also get a copy of UHO's New York state incorporation receipt they can use to convince suspicious New Yorkers and trusting tourists that they're legit.

    After deducting the "rent," the table worker keeps all the donations -- up to $80 a shift during peak season.

    And with 50 tables around Manhattan -- each operating for two to three shifts seven days a week -- Riley and Walker could have collected well over $100,000 in fees a year, officials estimate.

    "Riley and Walker treated the 'fees' as their personal kitty, dipping into them whenever they choose," the suit says.

    Cuomo added, "Riley and Walker have co-opted a tax-exempt, charitable corporate structure for their own benefit."

    Between 2007 and 2008, Riley withdrew $85,000 in cash from a UHO account he allegedly used as his personal piggy bank.

    Undercover investigators recorded table workers saying the donated change would help fund soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and detox centers, the suit said.

    "The money goes to the homeless," claimed Rodney Borders, a self-described UHO "manager" who said he's been panhandling with the group for 4 years.

    When pressed, Borders, who was collecting from commuters at Penn Station, admitted, "We don't own any shelters or soup kitchens. The money provides us with everyday money.

    Read more: [url]http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/suit_put_cork_in_it_jugheads_GvF3qaHCib8Xh5AY86i68O#ixzz0XmlYWp9y[/url]

    [url]http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/suit_put_cork_in_it_jugheads_GvF3qaHCib8Xh5AY86i68O[/url]

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    ACORN trying to make up for the loss of taxpayor handouts???

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    A scam?! I"m shocked. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    99.999999999999999999 percent of begging on the streets is a scam. If you really need help, there are plenty of places to find it. Begging is not the answer.

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    read the title fast....

    UFO Homeless Jugs, needless to say I had no idea what to expect here

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    [QUOTE=jetswin;3371448]read the title fast....

    UFO Homeless Jugs, needless to say I had no idea what to expect here[/QUOTE]

    LMAO, I actually popped a beer.:O


    Its pretty obvious that this was an out and out scam for years, yet no one thought to question it until now.:cool:

    Riley basically dared people to look behind the curtain, much like Sharpton and his National Action Network.

    Saw Arnold DIaz chasing this schmuck Riley around last night on the news.:yes:




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    [QUOTE=32green;3371455]LMAO, I actually popped a beer.:O


    Its pretty obvious that this was an out and out scam for years, yet no one thought to question it until now.:cool:

    Riley basically dared people to look behind the curtain, much like Sharpton and his National Action Network.

    Saw Arnold DIaz chasing this schmuck Riley around last night on the news.:yes:




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    lotsa scams being exposed this week...

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    lol @ your status

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    [QUOTE=32green;3371455]LMAO, I actually popped a beer.:O


    Its pretty obvious that this was an out and out scam for years, yet no one thought to question it until now.:cool:

    Riley basically dared people to look behind the curtain, much like Sharpton and his National Action Network.

    Saw Arnold DIaz chasing this schmuck Riley around last night on the news.:yes:




    _[/QUOTE]


    Arnold Diaz and John Stossel....true American hero's....:yes:

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    [QUOTE=jetswin;3371463]
    lol @ your status[/QUOTE]

    A lovely holiday theme.:D

    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;3371484]Arnold Diaz and John Stossel....true American hero's....:yes:[/QUOTE]


    If I ever go to get out of my car and DIaz comes running up with his mic, I'm eating lead.:yes:

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    Ive never given 1 cent to those clowns (even that fat bastard mouth breather who sits right outside MSG). It people like these that deter me from giving any homeless any help. It just never gets there.

    PS - Leave politics out of this, you just come off as retarded. At least to me ;)

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    [QUOTE=jetswin;3371448]read the title fast....

    UFO Homeless Jugs, needless to say I had no idea what to expect here[/QUOTE]

    the possibilities are endless:


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    [QUOTE=Dirtstar;3371559]the possibilities are endless:



    [IMG]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_yNMIPbHcVKU/Sj_FiOTBmNI/AAAAAAAAC7A/xGUPGEmFr7A/s1600/better%2Bthan%2Bbeer%2Bthird%2Bboob.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    Ive seen a porno of a chick with triceratits. Cute chick too.

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    as my 4 yr old says...[url]www.duh.com[/url]....

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    [QUOTE=32green;3371455]LMAO, I actually popped a beer.:O


    Its pretty obvious that this was an out and out scam for years, yet no one thought to question it until now.:cool:

    Riley basically dared people to look behind the curtain, much like Sharpton and his National Action Network.

    Saw Arnold DIaz chasing this schmuck Riley around last night on the news.:yes:




    _[/QUOTE]big fight last week across from penn station involving these guys...some lady was complaining that her husband was fooling around with another huo worker...funny stuff. she flipped the table over and started chasing him across 32nd st with the plastic jug...money falling out all over the place and the real homeless following them...it was hysterical...

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    [QUOTE=LIDeadHead;3371622]Ive seen a porno of a chick with triceratits. Cute chick too.[/QUOTE]

    holy crap!! I never knew there was such a thing....

    just googled it and found the porn star Triceratits Taylor...I though I was seeing double....I mean triple!!!

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    It's obvious the money inside the jug was placed there by the scammer as dressing to make it look legit.

    I despise those dirtbags that camp out in front of markets with those beat-up wooden boxes that have a drop slot and padlock.

    And don't forget the soiled plastic laminated certificate.

    And the padlock is to convince you that homey has no access to the contents.

    Does anyone, except maybe foreigners and tourists, fall for that stuff?

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio;3371214][B]Homeless beggar jars a sham: AG[/B]

    These guys seem to be on every corner in Midtown. Keep this story in mind before you pony up.

    [IMG]http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2009/11/24/news/photos_stories/cropped/fake--300x300.jpg[/IMG]
    Andy rips sidewalk beg 'con'
    By MELISSA KLEIN, KEVIN FASICK and CHUCK BENNETT
    Just in time for the holidays, state authorities are going for the jug-ular -- seeking to banish forever the panhandling pests who clog Manhattan's busiest corners with folding tables and plastic water bottles.

    State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed suit yesterday, charging the United Homeless Organization is a scam run by con artists who pocket most of the change they collect -- hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

    The beggars -- most of whom claim to be street people -- say that the money tossed into their jugs goes to the homeless. And it does, the suit says. They just don't bother to say they're talking about themselves.


    UHO founder Stephen Riley and director Myra Walker take a big cut of the money to fund personal shopping sprees at the GameStop, Home Shopping Network, Bed Bath & Beyond and P.C. Richard, as well as their monthly cable bills, legal papers charge.

    Riley, a beefy 60-year-old, shamelessly used the donated dollars -- which are supposed to be used to "feed the homeless" -- to pay his Weight Watchers bills.

    The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeks a temporary injunction to shut down the UHO, then permanently disband it and keep Riley and Walker from ever taking part in charitable causes.

    The organization, run out of Walker's Bronx apartment, did not return a call for comment.

    The scam was strikingly simple, Cuomo said.

    Riley, who founded the UHO in 1985 and got tax-exempt status for it eight years later, charges a flat-rate $15 to $25 to rent a table and empty water jug for a four-hour shift.

    "In exchange for paying a fee to Riley, UHO workers received tables and UHO-branded materials, including a tablecloth, apron and plastic jug, and the right to claim membership in UHO," the suit charged.

    They also get a copy of UHO's New York state incorporation receipt they can use to convince suspicious New Yorkers and trusting tourists that they're legit.

    After deducting the "rent," the table worker keeps all the donations -- up to $80 a shift during peak season.

    And with 50 tables around Manhattan -- each operating for two to three shifts seven days a week -- Riley and Walker could have collected well over $100,000 in fees a year, officials estimate.

    "Riley and Walker treated the 'fees' as their personal kitty, dipping into them whenever they choose," the suit says.

    Cuomo added, "Riley and Walker have co-opted a tax-exempt, charitable corporate structure for their own benefit."

    Between 2007 and 2008, Riley withdrew $85,000 in cash from a UHO account he allegedly used as his personal piggy bank.

    Undercover investigators recorded table workers saying the donated change would help fund soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and detox centers, the suit said.

    "The money goes to the homeless," claimed Rodney Borders, a self-described UHO "manager" who said he's been panhandling with the group for 4 years.

    When pressed, Borders, who was collecting from commuters at Penn Station, admitted, "We don't own any shelters or soup kitchens. The money provides us with everyday money.

    Read more: [url]http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/suit_put_cork_in_it_jugheads_GvF3qaHCib8Xh5AY86i68O#ixzz0XmlYWp9y[/url]

    [url]http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/suit_put_cork_in_it_jugheads_GvF3qaHCib8Xh5AY86i68O[/url][/QUOTE]

    I hate fake homeless people!

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    [QUOTE=82nd Airborne;3371960]I hate fake homeless people![/QUOTE]

    These ones are also particularly loud and aggressive, not to mention block off traffic at some of the busiest intersections in Manhattan. The only more annoying vendor is that Nation of Islam guy who parades around 34th Street between 7th and 6th trying to sell his newspaper and screaming at any African American walking by "wake up my brother".

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio;3371988]These ones are also particularly loud and aggressive, not to mention block off traffic at some of the busiest intersections in Manhattan. The only more annoying vendor is that Nation of Islam guy who parades around 34th Street between 7th and 6th trying to sell his newspaper and screaming at any African American walking by "wake up my brother".[/QUOTE]he's been there for years...real a-hole

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio;3371988]These ones are also particularly loud and aggressive, not to mention block off traffic at some of the busiest intersections in Manhattan. The only more annoying vendor is that Nation of Islam guy who parades around 34th Street between 7th and 6th trying to sell his newspaper and screaming at any African American walking by "wake up my brother".[/QUOTE]

    Have you had the pleasure of meeting the Black Israelites?

    Aggressive like the Muslims, but with better costumes.:yes:


    [IMG]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2673/3818797213_0296c3b709.jpg[/IMG]

    I've seen them hanging out on W125st and Times Square.

    They spew racial invective about the "blue eyed devil" and the "so-called white man" and on the odd occasion will pull the man in a mixed race couple out of his car and beat him senseless iffin they spot them in traffic on W125st., though the NYPD brass, City hall and the media are not interested when it does occur.


    Here, they offer a touching street sermon.


    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv1wbWGds2s[/url]

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    I probably gave close to $50 to these bastards over the course of my 10 week internship this summer. I felt good knowing that I was helping them out based on the premise that they needed it a lot more than me. Now I'm swatting the ****ing jar when I walk by them.

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