HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- The Happy Valley man behind a website called Saving America's Heroes was arrested Tuesday for soliciting donations and putting them in a personal bank account, police said.
Michael Brennan, 50, collected donations through a website and Facebook page, but his nonprofit that supposedly helped veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder never actually existed, according to Sgt. Nathan Thompson of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Brennan and his wife Maria said the charity was founded to honor their late son Matthew Brennan, an Oregon Army National Guard veteran who committed suicide in 2011.
The Oregonian wrote a feature on "The Matthew M. Brennan Foundation" in 2011. Click to read
"Authorities have not found evidence that any funds donated to 'Saving America's Heroes' went toward the stated mission of the website," Thompson said.
Brennan is also accused of asking local contractors to donate home remodeling services in the name of the charity.
If you were a victim of this fraud, please contact Happy Valley Police.
Investigators said Brennan also stole money from his 65-year-old, paraplegic father-in-law and using it for personal purchases, including the Brennans' Happy Valley home.
Brennan was jailed on charges of theft by deception but was released on $45,000 bail.