Jared Fogle's Foundation Might Not Have Ever Given Money To Charity
The charity founded by former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle reportedly gave nothing to its intended recipients.
In 2008, the now 37-year-old announced the start of a nonprofit, the Jared Foundation, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Fogle declared the foundation would give $2 million to schools and community organizations to eliminate the condition.
However, according to USA TODAY, the Jared Foundation spent, on average, just $73,000 a year from 2009 to 2013 and never distributed a paid grant.
Out of those annual expenses, 60 percent went to Russell Taylor, the foundation's executive director. Taylor, 43, was arrested this past spring after he was found to have produced and possessed hundreds of videos containing child pornography.
Tax records reportedly also show 26 percent of the annual expenses are unaccounted for.
Since 2008, the Jared Foundation allegedly didn't even pay the $5 annual registration fee to the state of Indiana, and delinquency notices were issued but ignored, prompting Indiana's secretary of state to dissolve the nonprofit in 2012.
The foundation is still, however, recognized by the IRS.
Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, reportedly said,
If Jared was really interested in helping children through his foundation, he could have gotten more money. As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds.
Jared Fogle, who has two young children, is currently on house arrest in Indiana and must wear a GPS to monitor his activity, USA TODAY reports.
He will likely go to jail for between five and 12 years, thanks to numerous charges dealing with possession of child pornography and underage sex.
A plea deal was reportedly agreed upon, but the date Fogle will officially plead guilty remains unknown.