February 9, 2021
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.
Ten years ago veteran investigative reporter Jeff Testerman uncovered a phony charity based in Ybor City.
It was a charity that raked in tens of millions of dollars every year— preying on Americans’ concerns over protecting and honoring veterans in the wake of 9/11. The US Navy Veteran’s Association—operated in most states and successfully eluded deep scrutiny or sanctions by the government.
Testerman uncovered the fraudulent charity when he was a reporter in 2009 for the then-St. Petersburg Times.