Local Non-Profit Enters Into Agreement With Ohio Attorney General’s Office

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A non-profit organization in Belmont County has entered into an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office after complaints of mishandling funds and now RJ Ranch will have to make some major changes.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Charitable Law department received a complaint regarding account management, solicitation activity and record-keeping of RJ Ranch, a non-profit organization in Jacobsburg.

After an investigation, the Attorney General’s Office entered into what is called an “assurance of discontinuance” with RJ Ranch that limits owner Julie Larish’s access to accounts, requires that the organization open a new bank account and deposit all charitable donations into it, and requires at least two board members complete Board Governance training.

“Our goal with a charitable organization, because ultimately these are people trying to do good things for their community and the less fortunate. So, if we can get an organization into compliance so that they are continuing their good works, but also following Ohio law, that’s the best case scenario in any charitable investigation,” said Dan Tierney, Spokesperson for Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine.

Tierney said this “assurance of discontinuance” is essentially a settlement, and RJ Ranch will continue to operate.

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