That's what some people are saying, thanks to an investigation into their charity dealings by ESPN. According to an "Outside the Lines" investigation, Odom's charity, Cathy's Kids, named for his late mother, "primarily existed to finance two elite youth basketball travel teams. Of the $2.2 million raised by the charity, at least 60 percent -- $1.3 million -- went to those AAU teams."
The problem? The charity's mission is to "making a positive impact on the lives of under-privileged children, as well as targeting a disease that has played a significant role in [Odom's] life" - specifically, cancer research. However, no cash has been allocated to research since it was founded in 2004.
The charity is currently operating at a loss, so Odom & Co. might not be scamming anyone, but they aren't necessarily doing what they claim.
It's not the first time the Kardashian family has been accused of scamming people for money, though.
Kim Kardashian: Charity Scammer?
Kim Kardashian seems like quite the giving type when she puts her old clothes up for auction via eBay's Giving Works project. The problem? Only 10 percent of the money goes to charities - the rest lines her ample pockets.
"…but that is often not the case," Glenn Selig, President/CEO of Selig Multimedia, told Fox News in 2012. "The public should never assume that 100 percent goes to charity."
But, she does act like the money goes to charity. Her eBay page even says the sales are helping the Life Change Community Church.
So, bid with caution.
The Kardashians: Debit Card Scammers?
Okay, so this one might not be entirely the Kardashians' fault, but they should have read the fine print before signing on the dotted line. The K sisters were accused of ripping off their fans by putting their name on a pre-paid debit card lined with ridiculous fees like a $99.95 purchase fee, along with $7.95 per month charge, $6 customer service calls and $500 for lost cards.
They eventually dropped their association with the card when Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation into the card back in 2011. But, then they were sued for breach of contract by the pre-paid debit card company.
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