The New York Post broke a story over the weekend involving former All My Children star, Jack Scalia (Ex-Chris Stamp) involving tax trouble and funds centering on charities the actor started directly after 9/11.
According to the NY Post, “Scalia raised more than $100,000 for military vets and 9/11 victims, yet paid out little — and now claims he doesn’t know what happened to the money. The IRS yanked the tax-exempt status from Scalia’s 9-11-01 Lest We Forget group because it failed to file a single tax return in its decade of existence. And his Operation American Spirit charity, founded to help wounded vets, was suspended by California authorities because of lapses in paying taxes and fees.
Scalia started the 9/11 charity in New York soon after the terrorist attacks. Scalia, who now lives in California, told The Post he “wanted to do something to help.” He claims the group collected cash through events such as autograph signings, but he said he had no memory of how much or where it went. “A little bit came in and went back out,” he said. The group was never incorporated in New York and never registered with the Attorney General’s Office, a requirement for soliciting donations in the state. It never filed a tax return, either.
Scalia started Operation American Spirit in 2007 and boasted to the press that he would raise $100 million. He organized a 1,500-mile bike ride in 2007 along the West Coast to raise awareness of wounded vets and made stops at VA hospitals. But the group fell far short of Scalia’s goal, collecting $88,937 in 2007 and $14,490 in 2008, according to its tax filings. The nonprofit claims it distributed just $5,000 in grants in 2008 to help injured vets, but tax filings provide no details on the recipients of the cash.
Scalia, who is listed as president of the organization, said he didn’t know who got the money. “I was riding my bike and being the spokesperson,” he said. “I don’t know that end of it.” The charity was based at a sprawling estate and private golf course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., once owned by Edra Blixseth, who dated Scalia. Blixseth declared bankruptcy and is reportedly at the center of a criminal probe involving millions in loans she took out. Her former assistant was a board member of Operation American Spirit and her bookkeeper, who is also said to have been questioned by the FBI, incorporated the charity.”