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Ventura County legislator, state prosecutors try to tackle online charitable giving fraud

Thomas Lefebvre
A new state law authored by a Ventura County Assemblywoman is trying to close loopholes allowing criminals to exploit online charitable giving.

New state law authored by Thosand Oaks Assemblywoman tries to close loopholes.

A new state law authored by a Ventura County legislator could help insure if you give money to a charity online, it will be used in the intended way.

AB 488 will give the California Department of Justice more authority in overseeing charitable giving.

Despite the growth in online giving some of current state laws don’t specifically cover online platforms. State prosecutors say up until now, some people have been able to exploit those loopholes, deceiving donors.

The legislation was authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks. The State Attorney General’s Office will be able to start implementing new protections January 1, 2022 with other provisions of the new law taking effect in January of 2023.

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