Now Playing:



Former Charity Boss Indicted On Fraud Charges

The former head of a national charity has been indicted on wire fraud and money laundering charges, accused of siphoning $4 million from National Relief Charities for personal benefit.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Portland says Brian J. Brown of Beaverton, Ore., pleaded not guilty Monday before a federal magistrate, who released Brown pending a Dec. 17 trial. An assistant public defender was appointed to represent Brown for the day.

Federal agents arrested him Sunday as he returned to Portland from a month-long trip to Thailand and Japan.

Federal prosecutors allege Brown established a nonprofit called Charity One Inc. when he stepped down as president of National Relief Charities in 2005. They say Brown induced his former charity to fund Charity One with $4 million, which Brown said would be used to fund education scholarships for Native Americans.

The government alleges that Brown and unidentified coconspirators instead used the money for themselves.

More News

More OPB

OPB has updated its privacy policy. You can find details here.