Iowa: Group lied about raising money for Blank Children's Hospital

(Des Moines, IA) -- A group claiming to raise money for Blank Children's Hospital, has been banned from doing business in Iowa. The door-to-door fundraisers also claimed to be raising money for the Animal Rescue League.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office found that Inner Solutions, a Georgia-based company, was keeping proceeds from the sales of toys and pet supplies and had no connection to either the hospital or the ARL.

The Attorney General's Office received complaints in April and May of 2021 about the door-to-door sales.

The company has denied they misled contributors or violated the law, but they agreed to permanently cease door-to-door sales and solicitations for alleged charitable purposes in Iowa.

“This agreement puts a stop to Inner City Solutions’ business in Iowa, and ends the company's claims it raises funds for local charities close to the hearts of many Iowans,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said. 

The agreement claims the company failed to obtain peddler permits, register with the Attorney General’s Office or otherwise comply with state and local laws regulating door-to-door sales and charitable solicitations. 

Inner City Solutions failed to comply with the Door-to-Door Sales Act by neglecting to provide consumers with a written three-day notice of their right to cancel the transactions or oral instructions of their right to cancel, according to the agreement.

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