TORONTO, May 11 (UPI) -- The Canadian Revenue Agency says it has
shut down a fraudulent AIDS charity that took in about $15
million in donations in 2006 and 2007.
Donations to the Orion Foundation largely were used by founder
James Arion, of Stouffville, and his board of directors to pay
for trips to Las Vegas, home renovations, liquor and unexplained
management fees, a federal audit found.
The foundation billed itself as a charity that was curing AIDS in
Africa though lifesaving drugs funded by donors, The Toronto Star
The foundation operated through a complicated tax shelter that
offered Canadian donors a tax receipt for as much as five times
the amount donated, auditors said.
The twice-bankrupt Arion also ran side businesses involving high
class escort agencies named Cachet Ladies and Cupid Escorts,
Arion could not be reached for comment, the Star reported.