|Samuel A. Ashley, a.k.a Steve Adkins, has been sentenced to 135 months in federal prison in the US for his part in setting up the Emergency Food Center, a fraudulent charity in Cincinnati according to the US Department of Justice web site and top casino watchdog Casinomeister.com. The charity took millions of dollars from local residents, supposedly to feed the hungry.|
Last Autumn, Ashley pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion for his part in this scheme to defraud. Funds were raised through the use of telemarketers, direct mail solicitation and individuals who solicited cash at shopping malls. Investigators learned that the majority of the funds collected were used by Ashley to support his gambling addiction and his lavish lifestyle. Ashley used his alias of Adkins because he was a fugitive for charges that are pending in Dayton, Ohio.
'Individuals who use a charity to solicit funds for their own fraudulent purposes, do a disservice to all charities and the many fine men and women who donate their time to help the less fortunate in our community,' according to Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
As head of the OPA, Adkins was an outspoken and at times outrageous advocate of fair play for Online gamblers, although his practices such as selling “Casino of the Year” awards, as reported by casinomeister.com, didn’t go down to well in an industry awash with phoney ‘industry bodies’ and ‘players advocates’.