Well finally! Somebody finally makes an official statement about this!

New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has confirmed that the United Homeless Organization (UHO) is a fraud. The UHO’s workers are often seen throughout the city with their plastic water jugs asking for donations to help the homeless which end up going to nobody but the person manning the jug (with a small percentage going to the owner of UHO).

From City Room:

According to a complaint filed by Mr. Cuomo [pdf] on Tuesday morning, U.H.O. does not operate a single shelter, soup kitchen or food pantry. It does not provide food or clothing to the homeless. It does not even donate money to other charities that do.

Most of those coins and bills, Mr. Cuomo contended, end up in the pockets of those working the donation tables, who pay a daily fee to the group’s founder and president, Stephen Riley, and its director, Myra Walker, for the right to use the U.H.O. tables, jugs and aprons. The rest of the money, Mr. Cuomo charged, is kept by Mr. Riley and Ms. Walker, and has been used for a variety of expenses not related to U.H.O. business, including expenditures at Weightwatchers.com, Toys “R” Us, P. C. Richard, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and premium cable and electricity bills at their homes.

So there you have it. All of you who have been throwing money into these jugs for years, you can stop now.