Queens-based “Hope for the Disabled Kids, Inc.” Spent Over $2 Million on Personal Expenses and Real Estate Instead of Helping Families

NEW YORK, NY (July 1, 2010) - Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced the arrest and guilty plea of the founder of a sham car donation charity for looting over $2 million in charitable funds. Shoba Bakhsh, of Queens-based “Hope for the Disabled Kids, Inc.,” pled guilty to lying to donors and misusing funds for herself and her family. As a condition of the plea, the charity will immediately shut down. Today’s action marked the latest stage of the Attorney General’s ongoing, industry-wide investigation into car donation charities.

Hope for the Disabled Kids took in thousands of cars and had more than $2 million in revenue between the charity’s founding in 2001 and 2009. When soliciting donors, Bakhsh promised that over 90% of donations would go to help disabled children. However, no funds were used for any legitimate charitable purposes from 2007 to 2009. No records were produced to prove that funds were used for legitimate purposes prior to 2007 because Bakhsh destroyed documents and filed false paperwork.

“This individual manipulated donors and exploited children with serious medical needs in order to enrich herself and her family,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “As a result of her actions, millions of dollars that should have gone to help disabled children were instead spent on department store bills and real estate. As our investigation continues, my office encourages New Yorkers to be generous and informed donors.”

On its Web site, Hope for the Disabled Kids claimed that:

* Funds will “be utilized to benefit disabled children by purchasing medical equipment;”
* Funds will “help pay for medical expenses for families who are unable to afford [them];”
* Funds will “purchase books, toys, games and food during the holidays to distribute to children in hospitals.”

Instead, Bakhsh spent funds donated to Hope for the Disabled Kids on herself and her family, including:

* Close to $500,000 in connection with the purchase of real estate in Florida and payments of real estate taxes on properties owned by Bakhsh and her husband;
* Payments on two different Macy’s credit card accounts;
* School tuition for Bakhsh’s children;
* Additionally, Bakhsh’s personal checking account received cash deposits of nearly $250,000 between 2007 and 2009. During this period, she supposedly had no employment other than her job at Hope for the Disabled Kids, which reported paying her less than $50,000 per year.

Hope for the Disabled Kids solicited the donation of vehicles through print advertising outlets and its Web site. Bakhsh and Hope for the Disabled Kids intentionally made false representations about the charity in order to trick people into donating their vehicles, including saying that more than 90% of the proceeds from the sales of donated vehicles would be spent on children in need. Bakhsh also posted forged testimonials on the charity’s Web site that made it seem that it had made legitimate contributions to hospitals and health care facilities.

Bakhsh, of South Ozone Park, Queens, pled guilty in New York County Supreme Court to one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree (class E felony) and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (class E felony). As a condition of the plea, Hope for the Disabled Kids, Inc. will immediately shut down. Bakhsh is also forbidden from serving on the board or as an officer of a not-for-profit and from being employed at any entity engaged in the car donation industry. Bakhsh is expected to be sentenced on September 23, 2010 by the Honorable Michael Obus. The Attorney General’s office will be seeking penalties from Bakhsh at that time.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Charities involved in the car donation industry solicit contributions in the form of used vehicles, which they then sell to raise funds for humanitarian causes. Attorney General Cuomo’s ongoing, industry-wide investigation into car donation charities has shown that some charities mislead donors about how much money is used for charitable purposes as well as where the money goes. In some cases, the car donation charity is a complete sham, with little or no money going to the causes the charity purports to support.

As part of the investigation, the Attorney General recently sent subpoenas to sixteen charities, fundraisers, and individuals seeking materials relating to the funds that charities and for-profit fundraisers have collected through car donation programs. Cuomo also sued to shut down a sham car donation charity, Feed the Hungry, Inc., for misusing funds meant for the homeless.

Today’s action is part of Attorney General Cuomo’s ongoing initiative to fight charitable fundraising scams and to safeguard donors:

* In June 2010, the Attorney General secured a permanent injunction against the United Homeless Organization that shut the group down for deceiving donors;
* In April 2010, the Attorney General sued to shut down a fake Long Island-based breast cancer charity, Coalition for Breast Cancer Cures, Inc., for misusing over $500,000;
* In January 2010, the Attorney General sued to shut down four professional fundraising companies that used fraudulent and deceptive practices;
* In November 2009, the Attorney General released his annual “Pennies for Charity” report, which shows the percentage of donations collected by charities that go to professional fundraisers as opposed to charitable purposes.

For more information on making vehicle donations, or to report an instance of charitable solicitation fraud, New Yorkers are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office at www.ag.ny.gov or www.charitiesnys.com or by calling (212) 416-8402.

The criminal case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Nathan Reilly and Risa Sugarman, under the supervision of Special Deputy Chief of Staff Mitra Hormozi. The investigation was handled by Investigator Gerard Matheson, with the assistance of Analyst Kayla Arslanian.

Comments

  1. I know Shoba for many years and she is a skunk of a person with no ethics or morals. Shame on you Shoba

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  2. i hope she get sentence to live in prison,thanks to her brother and mother. all they want is money , money, money.now she will cry blood

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  3. Say no more Ma Sista, you are so true. I am also from No. 57 Village, Guyana and knew the family all my life. Fast money and fame is all they seek. Her brother Mike Dhanraj is serving time in Port St Lucie, Florida for solicting a minor for sex and workers compensation fraud. Google his name and see for yourself. Here is a message from the poor and needy. Where is your heart? Money and fame is what you seek. Life is so transparent and we are here for only a short time. Where is your morals and how could you sleep at night on a bed that you obtain through robbing the poor. Shame on you and pray that justice is served by GOD and the law. YOU ROBBED GOD! and you will pay dearly!

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  4. Mike dhanraj is in jail and his wife having fun with different men in his house hoping he dies and she gets his insurance money..

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  5. hey gul u dnt have shame to stole from the disabiliy kids.how is yr family feeling at prently especially yr mother who loves money, money, money.

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  6. you r so right the hold family is stinking they like to stole thing that don't belong to them like you money that all they live for and butt in to other life and the they have the next son vako how like money more and the mother but u know what this wife told me that when she is ready she will end up with every thing he own well it started to happing all ready she is coutrolling all ready. 09-14-2011

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  7. you go vako wife who ever you are you know they never like they big son wife who know as mike wife let me tell you something about mike wife is a very nice person she use to give her life for dost people but they never like her and they grandson but anyway that girl and her son is better off with out them. vako wife you don't let them use you like they did with mike wife thet girl do 2 much for them and they where never any thanks to her from them. that girl was married for 26 years with mike and she never have a good marrage they was always problem in they marrage he always hit her and sleep with other woman when she go to work he take them to the house but you what they is a god. thing got cought up with him he want to jail for some of them. i have read alot a story about him well mike wife i have got news for you girl you need to get out of that life i don't know you i just here thing about you most of them was very nice thing what i here about you. no woman in this life time need to be in marrage that will not work after 26 years and still having problem get out of it my friend.

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  8. u know pople should watch they self before they talk about other they is a comment was made about mike wife on december of last year and that was not true who ever write that comment mike is the one has an life insurance on her that y he use to hit her and do other thing to her to hurt her at all time. know one no what that girl went true with him. i do hope ther is a god for her to get away from him. he is not a nice person. i knoe both mike and his wife his wife is a very nice person i use to be around when mike use to ill treat her. mike y cant you move on with your life and leave your wife alone. i'm a very good friend you move on buddy boy. don't trow your life away.

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  9. well i got news about mike and his wife that girl did not married mike for his money after all she divorce him it over now with them for good. i guess she show every one out there know what girl friend you did the right thing move on girl life is too sweet out there well bush have ears i also here girl you are a certified nursing assistant like i say you go girl show people what you are they use to talk bad things about you now all they get to say is good things. about you anyway who ever put that comment about you back in december maybe they are the 0ne who wanted mike money or they wanted him for they wife or girl child like people always say it's not good to talk about other. as far i know mike and his exwife she was a very nice person and very respected person and friendly mike you never been nice too her i use to be around you guys and i use to be you and your exwife friend back in the years of 2004 and did not last because mike you are not a nice person you always drink and get out of hand. well girl friend i happy you did the right thing now. gods blessing to you girl friend good luck in your new life.

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  10. In respond to these comments made to mike family and he ex wife . The big Ho- WHORE ANITA LOCHAN. if she was a darling and such a sweetheart. why she had sex with mike FRIENDS.she had a THREE some with mike and the best friend J LALL and CHUBBY. and you people call her girl friend. may be all you WHORES are just like her . all the lochan family want is money . none of the lochans family have a wife or a husband . James left his wife for a trini girl and took away his kids from his ex wife . all three daughters . now you call you self a man . and you think you are a police officer . you cant even spell you dam name . as for the other sister . she went true over 20 men . she change men like how people change there underwear. so as for the big HO ANITA LOCHAN . join the group . you are right where your stinking family want you to be . by the way J LALL is still married . but he still can use you on the side. so as for the new guy you have . give him a kiss from J LALL. . so he can know what a three some is . so for all you ANITA LOCHAN friends and well wishers. i hope you know who your friend is and what she is up to now . please do some research before you make a comment .

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    1. Who ever you are Steve you are a asshole and you like to take it in the ass like your dad J LALL. What did Anita sister and brother did to you and your prostitute family? By the way your two sister are the biggest Whore and your MOM like to take it in your ass from Mike and you sleeping with your Mom. Steve you watch your self when you are at work your DAD fucking your wife. You know which wife I am talking about the one you rape and had to marrie. And by the way Anita had to bale You out your Mom and Dad did not have money and guess what I hope Mike is reading the because Anita took his money and give it to your Mom and Dad. Stave you are a asshole and your DAD and Mike are doing it in there Ass as well. Let me tell you something I know Anita for over 10 years now and she and her family are the nicess people. It is just people like to take there eye and pass them. And by the way Steve Anita sister is very beautiful and Anita brother is very handsome as well. You wish you look like Anita brother and you wish your prostitute sister and mother look like Anita sister. If the fight is between Mike and the LALL prostitute family then keep it that way. Anita do so much for your family and you guys are ungrateful you asshole Steve. By the way your Mom/sisters and wife are doing prostiyutework I see them on the street looking lime one. And by the way they can't look lime Anita sister them black ass them. So as far as I know Steve your Mom/sister and wife are taking it in the asshole by Mike and Mime you are taking it in the asshole by J LALL and Steve. Steve why don't you go back to jail because you rape so much girls and Anita had to save you all the time. And you need to go back to school because you go not know how to read. Because you still working at Ihop. You are a adshole Steve line your family. And by the way Anita is very happy with her new life so you guys leave her alone. And do your protuitue work. And take it in the asshole from Mike and his family. And as for Mike his sister is a crimernal like you Steve. You are all crimernal. Leave the LOCHAN family alone.

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  11. Mike you have a uncle in canada . people call him Brig. boy oh boy . he is such moran . i buy a house from him and he rip me off. He and his daughter are bunch of thieves. i dont know how the canadian government did'nt caught him for insurance fraud when he set his house on fire to collect money and all the real estate fraud he is doing . As for his daughter . what a whore that Bitch is . she marry and the man leave her ass because her pussy stinks. then the father put her in the bar to work and then the open it and it turn into a whore house . call benab 2. . shalini bahadur . was sleeping with all the guys in the bar . and she claim oh my god daddy is drunk so i have to open the bar so people can watch cricket. yes cricket you were showing where as you making out with all them guys for money . girl you and your stinking family needs a life .no man want you now . even a dog will refuse you . you are a slut. and a ho .. so please you and your family stop ripping people off . i was a victim and i advise people in the toronto area to look out for the scam from BRIDGE AND HIS SLUT FOR DAUGHTER SHALINI BAHADUR....

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  12. this steave who ever u r maybe your mother is the bigges hore or your woman or should i say your women them u pice a shit how can u talk about some one when you don't no anything about them. beside jay lall is fucking mike right now.

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  13. SAMANTA ANITA JAMES AND THE MOTHER DANMATTIE LOCHAN. ALL YOU WHORES NEED A LIFE . DANMATTIE WAS FUCKING LALL IN NEW YORK WHILE HER HUSBAND WAS LIVING . SAMANTA YOU ARE A BARRANT WHORE. YOU CANT EVEN BREED OR MAKE A KID . YOU WENT TRUE SO MANY MEN. THAT WHAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU FUCK ALL DEM MEN IN FLORIDA AND NEW YORK . ANITA THE BIG HO WHORE . HOW THE THREE SOME GOES . A BOTTLE OF BEER IN YOUR ASS WHILE J LALL IS DRIVING IT IN YOUR MOUTH . YOU LIKE THAT . JAMES THE BIG GAY FAG GAT. MUST BE NICE TO BE A POLICE OFFICER . YOU TAKING IT IN YOUR ASS AS WELL .I ADMIRE WHEN J LALL WAS FUCKING YOUR WIFE IN YOUR MOTHER HOUSE . THAT IS WHY THE GIRL LEAVE YOUR SORRY ASS TO HAVE FUN WITH ALL DEM MAN NOW . SHE IS NOW IN TAMPA HAVING THE TIME OF HER LIFE . SO SAMANTA . DONT PICK ON MY FAMILY . LOOK AT YOURS . YOU SO BLUNT . YOU CANT SPELL RIGHT . IS NOT BALE WHORE . IS BAIL . YOU NO GOOD WHORE. SO ANITA YOU WHORE STEALING MIKE MONEY . SENDING HIM TO HOME DEPOT AND SAY SOME ONE BREAK IN THE HOUSE . AND YOUR MOTHER TOOK THE MONEY . YOU LOCHAN FAMILY ALL YOU WHORES . OPEN A WHORE HOUSE AND YOU ALL WILL BE GOOD . YOU CAME FROM A PLACE FULL OF WHORE HOUSE . DONT PICK ON MIKE HE IS HAPPY NOW WHERE HE IS , HE IS SO HAPPY HE COULD'T WAIT TO GET HIS LIFE START AGAIN . FROM YOU WHORE ANITA AND THE NO GOOD SON SATESH , WHO IS A DRUG DEALER .. SO ONE AGAIN DONT PICK ON ME LOOK AT YOUR OWN FAMILY ALL YOU PEOPLE AND FRIENDS AND WILL WISHERS ARE BUNCH OF THIEVES AND WHORES. LOCHAN FAMILY HAVE A LIFE .

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  14. LOL… The LALL Family go “F” “YOURSELF”, and get a life. The person that is responding to you is right under your nose (go suck on an egg). Why you picking on the Lochan family?? They have done so much for the LALL family. Do not “F” with the Lochan family. You’re the DRUG DEALER look at the GAY FAG GAT CAR you driving…LOL… by the way your wife told me she leaving your ass. When you at work your dad fucking your wife, and your wife say your dad fuck her better than you do, this is why she leaving your ass. Your wife fucking around with other man, and the guy she leaving you for is right under your nose, you know him…LOL.. Steve/Suzie/Suzanna/J LALL/ and Patricia LALL go open a whore house and take Mike with you, so he can “F” all of you in the ass. Steve Mike J LALL and his Friends took A BOTTLE OF BEER AND PUT IT IN YOUR MOM/WIFE AND SISTER ASS WHILE MIKE AND HIS FRIENDS WITH J LALL IS DRIVING IT IN THERE MOUTH….LOL… Steve you are 27th years old living with your mother and father in there house with the 18th year old girl you rape, how fuck up is that??? and you working at IHOP because you are a Criminal you cannot get a good job…LOL… Steve you are a DUM ass, your younger sister fuck so many man in New York and Florida no man want her because she is all use up, you see her face? It look like a dog ass. And the older sister have a baby with a man that does not want to marry her. You know why he does not want to marry her???? Is because she “F” many man, she is all use up too…LOL…LOL.. all Anita’s well-wishers are going to laugh at your ass when your wife leave you for the man you know she fucking around with. LOL Everyone in the Lochan family are good people, so it does not matter what you wrote about the Lochan family, people will not believe one word what you say about the Lochan family. DUM ASS STEVE AND THE LALL HOLD FAMILY GO GET A LIFE. You say Mike is happy now??? Yes he is with you..LOL because both of you are doing it in the ass your gay ass. Go back to jail where you belong with Mike and be DUM and DUMMER you criminal….LOL

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