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Old 11-30-2011, 11:44 AM   #1
 
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Charity poker tournament scam Alfred Jack Walls Now with Reraisepokertour.com cliffs in OP

I didnt want to go and post this story but since it involves poker and a scam I figure I'm compelled.

May 13th,14th,15th of this year I played in a charity poker tournament advertising Wsop seats as first place prizes along with other stuff like concert tickets ....

http://chipsforcharity.org/currentTourney.php

Here is the link above.

I took 2nd the first night and won my choice of concert tickets . They had a few on hand and others (artists) would be available to me later if I chose to wait. I chose Kid Rock for August 27th in Charlotte . Those tickets werent on hand and I was told someone would be contacting me as soon as those tickets came in. I also received a nicely printed award telling me I had won.

After many emails to Jack Walls and finally no resolve I have to say that I feel I have been scammed. I was told in every correspondence that I would get those tickets all the way up until two days AFTER the show . Then I didnt get any response until mid september and then that I would be given face value of the tickets. I waited a month. still no check or tickets. Finally after asking one more time on November 6th and getting no response I emailed him again Nov. 17th and told him that I was coming to 2p2 and telling the community. He snap emailed me back (


Hey Shaun,

Our accounting department sent out your ticket reimbursement today. I am once again sorry for it taking so long due to the ticket problems. All other prizes from our event have been paid, and I guarantee that we are in no way a scam. I do realize it has been a while, but it was due to circumstances out of our control. Hope you have a great weekend and let me know when you receive the reimbursement.
Sincerely,
Jack Walls
President
United Cancer Alliance

I believe if it went out on the 17th like he says it would be here by today November 29th.

Be warned people. you might not get paid when playing these tournaments

http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/...warpig/017.jpg

Also, there were "pros" on hand for this event and for future events. If you are gonna be sponsored or donate ur time to these events, please make sure its a legitimate charity and not scammers


12/5 edit:

Here's a summary of what's happened in the thread so far:

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Originally Posted by RollWave View Post
This post is an update to yesterday's summary. Can a mod please use this to update the cliffs in the op? Thanks.

(updated 11pm, Dec 5, 2011)
The Organization:
UCARE - United Cancer Alliance Reaching Everyone
http://www.ucareamerica.org/
http://www.ucarecharitypokertour.com/

Potentially False Claims:

1. On the UCARE facebook page, during evening of Fri. Dec 2, UCARE claimed to have received referrals from the American Cancer Society. (This post was deleted the morning of Sat. Dec. 3, and the entire facebook page was taken down later that afternoon, but prior, it was c/p’d here)
a. ACS does not have UCARE listed in their 'Support Programs and Services' for Charlotte, NC, ucare's home office.
2. Jack Walls (President&CEO of UCARE) created a fake testimonial on 2+2 under the alias username “jonnyray” in which he claimed to have a 9 year old son with cancer who was helped by UCARE. Account was IP matched to Jack Walls (JW1979).


Media Coverage / Watchdogs:

1. Better Business Bureau
a. UCARE does not meet 10 of the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability
. In 3 of these, UCARE failed to meet standards. In 7, BBB was unable to verify whether or not UCARE was in compliance.

2. Melanie Payne - Consumer Reporter, News-Press.com
a. “Nonprofit seems a bit too shady for comfort - October 3, 2011
b. “This shady charity has few answers” - October 2011. (link to transcript here, could not find original link)
c. Key points:
c1. “"The current financial problems were incurred due to a Manager in our Colorado Springs office that embezzled over 19k." - Jack Walls
c2. This caused a UCARE’s employee paycheck to bounce
c3. Publix did not give permission for UCARE to solicit donations outside of their stores. This is true. I think Walls misunderstood the Publix policy. Getting permission from the store manager was only the first step. The group also needed approval from the corporate office. It had to submit financial and insurance information. UCARE didn't do that.
c4. UCARE was not registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as charities that solicit from the public need to be.
c5. Was unable to obtain IRS form 990 from Jack Walls or the IRS. From Jack due to 'accountant was, "A witness in a court case and is currently not available,"’. 2 weeks after Jack had contacted his accountant, the 990 still was not provided.
3. Ratings Agencies:
a. Major Rating Agencies Charity Navigator and Charity Watch do not list UCARE on their site.
4. Charity Database
a. UCARE is listed on Guidestar.org
b1. From Guidestar: “Institutional funders should note that an organization’s inclusion on guidestar.org does not satisfy IRS Rev. Proc. 2011-33 for verifying charitable status and identifying supporting organizations.”
b2. "Any nonprofit can update their GuideStar report for free to ensure site visitors get the most complete data about their organization."
b3. More information about the guidestar seal and auditing requirements.
5. Short Stacked Radio
a. UCARE lists Short Stacked Radio as a sponsor on their website.
b. Jack Walls interview on SSR. None of this thread content is discussed, only past and upcoming poker events.
c. On Dec 4th, 1:13pm, SSR listed UCARE in their ‘About Us’ section as a charity they support. As of Dec. 4th 7:25pm, this sentence has been removed. UCARE is still listed under the “Sponsors” section of the SSR site, albeit with a broken link.
The Documents:

1. UCARE’s corporate filing

2. UCARE’s application to solicit donations in North Carolina was denied.
a. On a deleted facebook post, UCARE claims they no longer needed NC registration once they got federal 501.3.c staus.
b. UPDATE - The Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division will contact UCARE in order to apply for a license and enter compliance with state law. No punitive action will be taken unless UCARE fails to take the steps to obtain a license.
3. UCARE does have 501.c.3 status as a ‘public charity’
a. EIN# 26-4007849
b. Form 990 Required - Yes
4. UCARE’s 2009 Annual Report,
a. Tshirt costs = $46,819, Merchandise Sales = $161,071.50
b. Total income = $217,071.50, Total Contributions = $82,000 = 37.8%
c. Salaries, $31,891.51, = 14.69% of income
5. UCARE’s self reported financials (2009-2010, plus 2011 projections)
a. 2010
a1. Salaries = $51,026.42 = 16.6%
a2. . Tshirt Costs = $49,500.00, Merchandise Sales = $245,986.32
a3. Total income = $307,586.32, Total Contributions = $130,000.00 = 42.3%
d. 2011 projections:
b1. Tshirt Costs = $65,875.10, Merchandise Sales = $599,822.00
b2. Total income = $1,001,000.00, Total Contributions = $210,000.00 = 21.0%
b3. Salaries = $599,822.00 = 59.9%
6. UCARE’s donation line on their website is not working. Another phone number was found to be disconnected.
a. Names and phone numbers of Office Managers and Event Coordinators (not working)
b. Office Addresses
The IRS Form 990:

a. October 2011, Not available from the IRS or from Jack Walls says Melanie Payne. First it was because the accountant was on Jury Duty. Then a week later the accountant was supposed to, but never did.
b. Not available on major charity reporting sites or from Jack Walls says ProfessionalPoker
c. In a facebook post the night of Fri, Dec 2 (which has since been deleted), UCARE said that he finally had the form 990 in his possession and it would be on 2+2 momentarily. This was a lie.
d. The next night, Sat. Dec 3, Form 990’s for 2009 & 2010 were made available by Jeff Griffith. Many suspect that they are fake because:
d1. They are not dated or signed.
d2. The “Preparer” section is blank despite Jack Walls claims of them being filed by his accountant.
d3. Net Assets are different on 2009 end of year ($10,761) vs the 2010 prior year end of year figure ($10,716).
d4. 2010 form omits all tshirt revenue resulting in a -$60,402 figure in the ‘prior year’ column (as opposed to the $5761 that ‘revenue - expenses’ should have been based on 2009 form.
d5. 2010 form lists $61,600 from “all other contributions/gifts/grants” - but “$0” under fundraising. Note that if money were earned fundraising, Schedule G would have been required describing details about the fundraising events earning over $15k.
d6. The documents appear to have been 2009 form: Created 12/3/2011 3:46:24 PM 2010 form: Created 12/3/2011 5:36:29 PM. 2 Hours seems about right if they were actually written just then and far too long if they were only opened/saved/emailed. Either way, these times do not agree with Jack’s prior facebook statement of already having them in hand on the night of Dec. 2nd.
e. UPDATE - NPTN indicated that they received an electronic copy of UCARE’s 990’s prior to the November 11th Richmond Tournament. I asked for a copy and may be able to reconcile the noted irregulaties in the Bustout provided forms. I will update thread after I talk with NPTN again.



The People - UCARE:

1. Alfred L. Walls III (Jack Walls) (2+2 “JW1979”) (twitter, “jackwalls3”) - UCARE President/CEO, as of April 29, 2011 Jack is the sole member of the UCARE Board of Directors.
a. “...Jack Walls has had $28,000 in IRS tax liens in recent years and declared bankruptcy in 2000.” - Melanie Payne
b. Claims to have a Doctorate in Theology from Emmanuel Baptist University.
b1. EBU appears to be a former degree mill that is no longer in operation. It’s .org website (not .edu) is for sale.
b2. This expose has old screenshots of the former website, including this shady looking popup ad.
c. Considering a lawsuit against 2+2 and is not posting in thread under advice of council.
d.Financially supported
by his fiance Amy Wu and a part time job according to Jeff Griffith., Jack Walls facebook shows his occupation as “Poker Player”.
e. Jack plays in his own UCARE tournaments and is currently 12th in their Points Standings, having earned $535.
QUESTION - does anyone know if Jack pays his buy-in out of pocket or if his entry is waived like the sponsored pros? Also, does anyone know if he keeps his winnings personally, or if they are completely donated to UCARE?
2. Amy Wu - UCARE Treasurer, Co-Board Chair
a. Jack Walls’s girlfriend.
3. Joel “Weezz” Zandrowicz - UCARE Webmaster and Event Planner
a. Created the 2 UCARE websites (from their whois information): ucareamerica.org and ucarecharitypokertour.com
b. Joel is a registered sex offender registered sex offender
c. Joel is described as sleezy by some associates, and defended as reformed by friends who say he was actually one of the people who helped start this non-profit in these blog entries (NSFW).
d. As of at least Sept. 2010, Joel was involved in fundraising operations as shown by his phone number and email included in this brochure.
4. Sandra Zandrowicz - Former Board of Directors Secretary
a. 2009 member of UCARE board of directors (originally listed in the NC secretary of state application)
The People - UCARE Sponsors and Reps:
***UPDATE - There is no specific indication of any wrongdoing by any of UCARE’s sponsors or reps. This list is just provided to help paint the whole picture.

Jeff Griffith - (@BustoutPoker) Owner Bustout Poker Apparel
a. Dec 2 on twitter, “@jackwalls3 Sad to see how ignorant, judgmental, and venemous some poker players can be on forums! Even worse are the mods that allow it!
b. Jeff Griffith and other sponsored pros were given free tournament entries and had their hotel paid for. (UPDATE - this is totally standard and normal even for charity events)
c. Was provided email correspondance between Jack Walls and tarheelbluez.
d. Bustout donates gift certificates to their website as bounties for knocking out a pro in the UCARE tournaments.
e. Thinks UCARE’s tshirt sales numbers are ‘outlandish’, but he won’t draw conclusion.
NPTN Poker - PlayBarGames
a. exclusive Virginia chapter of the U.C.A.R.E Poker Charity Circuit. The Richmond tournament was NPTN’s first involvement with UCARE and there is no prior personal relationship between NPTN and UCARE.
b. NPTN has been made aware of the possible issues raised in this thread and will be performing their own investigation to confirm or dispute conclusions that others have drawn.
c. Of note - NPTN claims to have been provided an electronic copy of UCARE’s 990s prior to the Richmond tournament. This could clear up any irregularities noted in the version obtained through Bustout. (I asked for a copy from NPTN and will update when I get a chance to compare them)
Dale Frazier - Idea behind Donkey Farm Poker Klub
a. Shirts sell for $15 at UCARE store as outside vendor, of which $2 is donated to UCARE.
b. No other mention of DFPK could be found. They do not appear to have any other presence or storefront aside from the ucare store.
c. It’s possible that DFPK is the nickname of the poker league that Dale’s wife Branda says she plays in under her general interests, but this is a complete guess.
Scott Cooper (twitter “Scott___Cooper”) - Sponsored Rep
a. Dec 1, “@JackWalls3 just a thought I had bro...ur good people”, “@JackWalls3 UCARE will take over the world”, “#ucarepokertour takes over the world in 2012 courtesy of @JackWalls3 and the gang
b. The 2+2 thread started 11/30, it hasn’t been explicitly stated whether Scott’s tweets were in response to the thread and continues to support UCARE, or if the timing is just coincidence and he is unaware.
Jon’s Mexi Grill
a. Hosted a ‘15% of all purchases donated to UCARE’ night in September 2011.
b. They have been contacted, but have not replied
Chino Rheem - accused(established?) scammer
a. Not listed on their website as a Rep, but namedropped by Jack Walls for being sponsored at a past tournament.
Chips for Charity - For Profit business registered under the Providence Group
a. Lists UCARE as a partner
b. Jack Walls will not use them again since they are too expensive.
PokerEuphoria.com
a. Sponsored UCARE in June-August 2011 by helping them generate click traffic for a ‘the charity with the most votes wins a big donation’ event.
Majestik Poker Tour
a. Has a ‘support UCARE’ page on their website.
Off Tilt Poker Tables
a. Donated 2 tables to UCARE at the Richmond event - these were auctioned off.
Pros who have decided not to support UCARE:
a. Trishelle Cannatella
b. Cris Belkewitch
c. Jennifer Leigh (Jennicide)
c1. Sponsored Pro at the May 2011 UCARE tournament in Durham, NC.
c2. Left with bad impression and decided not to attend any future events.
c3. Did not give permission for her name and likeness to be used by UCARE and is presumably in process of having them removed from their website.
c4. In a public conversation, Jack Walls bragged to her about cheating in a home poker game.
The People - Victims:

Shaun - (tarheelbluez 2+2)
a. played in a UCARE / ChipsForCharity event, May 2011.
b. won 2nd place = chose Kid Rock tickets as prize.
c. After 6 months, and many emails, tickets were not provided despite email that said cash reimbursement was in the mail.
d. Jack Walls blames LiveNation for promising the tickets, but not providing them. Jack also admits to forgetting about tarheelbluez after LiveNation renegged.
e. 2+2 user potsy_in_ny played in the same tournament with tarheelbluez and says it was extremely unorganized and would never play in another UCARE tourney.
f. According to Jack Walls, 2 other people did not receive their prizes at the same Durham tournament. 1 received a separate tournament entry as prize, the other agreed to give up his prize altogether.
Ray Murray - former employee
a. Hired by UCARE via Craigslist ad to collect money outside Publix grocery.
b. Paid by commission, 20% of funds up to $250, plus 1% additional for every $100 over.
c. Paycheck bounced twice - was eventually paid in cash.
Unknown players:
a. In the first post for this 2+2 account, markhoke claims that “There may have been some sort of issue at that previous event but Jack did make it right. And you'll note that whomever he was dealing with in that situation is no longer associated with UCARE.” - I don’t think this who did what to whom was ever elaborated upon.
b. Jeff Griffith noted that a player did not receive a bounty prize following a tournament. (Bustout made good as soon as they were notified of the problem)
The People - Alleged whistleblower who lacks credibility

oldtimerknowsall (2+2 account with just 1 post)
a. claims to be a former employee who stole money from donations he collected since Jack Walls couldn’t pay him. He accuses Jack Walls of pocketing money himself also.
b. Here is 1 UCARE job listing - not necessarily the one oldtimerknowsall was hired under.
Actions Taken So Far:

1. Form 4506-A faxed to IRS to request their copy of the Form 990 (or to confirm that UCARE never filed the forms). Could take 60 days.
2. Venue of the upcoming Chapel Hill tournament was contacted (University Inn?). No response yet.
3. NC Secretary of State has been notified.
RESPONSE - UCARE is not licensed to solicit donations in North Carolina. The Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division will contact UCARE in order to apply for a license and enter compliance with state law. No punitive action will be taken unless UCARE fails to take the steps to obtain a license.
4. NC DOJ complaint has been filed.
Jack Walls has moved on to the http://www.reraisepokertour.com See: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29.../#post36437334

Last edited by Professionalpoker; 01-01-2013 at 02:28 PM. Reason: added extensive Cliffs to what's happened in the thread.
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I think the first step to participating with/in any social charity event is to see if the charity is rated by any of the major rating agencies.
www.charitynavigator.org and www.charitywatch.org/ do not list United Cancer Alliance. That can be a flag.
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What should of raised a flag was that they were sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.
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If no check for reimbursement comes you should take this to the local media. They love stories like this.
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Well it was too much value to pass up with a 10k seat for grabs...
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Although meaningless, how much reimbursement were you set to receive??
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Well it was too much value to pass up with a 10k seat for grabs...
What was the buy in?
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Jennicide was there too and a couple other pros too
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$225 covered all three tourneys and a vip party .... 3 total seats , a 1k , 1.5k and a 10k seat
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I didnt ever hear a number i was gonna recieve, i just assumed since they were vip box seats , that they were worth more than 20$ general admission
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they are worth $23 I looked online. Nobody likes Kid Rock anymore.
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Vip box seats 23$?
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Yea, you have to be careful with this, thanks for the HU, sucks that **** happens quite often.
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they are worth $23 I looked online. Nobody likes Kid Rock anymore.
I'm almost positive boxes would go for higher than that for any real artist at any venue. But how much the seats are worth is meaningless, even if they were only a dollar the point is that a charity tournament not paying out is a huge problem.
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I'm almost positive boxes would go for higher than that for any real artist at any venue. But how much the seats are worth is meaningless, even if they were only a dollar the point is that a charity tournament not paying out is a huge problem.
This same guy was bragging just a few days ago that his recent charity event in Virginia took in over 40k.....
Team bustout is also a sponser
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