All Veterans of Brevard President Arrested for Engaging in Solicitation of Contributions Without a License
By Space Coast Daily // March 11, 2022
Richard Allen Russo, 59, from Melbourne arrested
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement (OALE) recently arrested Richard Allen Russo from Melbourne for operating fraudulently as president of the Florida-based charity Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard (VAVB).
“Our Department is committed to protecting Florida consumers from fraud and making sure donations have the intended impact – in this case helping veterans in need,” said Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried.
“I am proud of the work of our investigators to hold those betraying public trust accountable as our Department continues cracking down on organizations soliciting charitable contributions in violation of state law.”
The investigation came from a referral from the Bureau of Investigative Services (BIS) Regulatory Investigative Section (RIS) in June 2021 that led to an OALE investigation revealing that Russo had provided false information to FDACS and was still operating the charity after its registration was suspended.
Based on the information and evidence discovered during the investigation, OALE investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Russo from the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.
Russo was arrested on the active warrant by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on February 25, 2022, and booked into the Brevard County Jail on the following charges:
◾ Engaging in Solicitation of Contributions without a License
◾ Submit false, misleading, or inaccurate information in a document with the department