You see this happen often.
Family members take advantage of a horrible situation by using a dead relative name to start a foundation, but never use the foundation for its intended purpose, but more to fill their own pockets.
It has been 15 years since the foundation in the honor of Nicole Brown Simpson was founded to help battered women and after being bled dry it is close to being abandoned.
Fifteen years after it was started, the Nicole Brown Simpson Charitable Foundation is pretty much out of business. According to federal tax filings, the foundation–set up by Nicole’s sister Denise to educate and help abused women–claims $66 in assets. In its 2010 return, the Foundation says it finished the year $2,824 in the red, with nearly $5,000 in expenses.
No money was spent on battered or abused women. Whatever was left went to travel, phone, miscellaneous expenses and $2,000 to an unnamed consultant–in the past that was always Denise Brown, sister of the woman O.J. Simpson killed (according to a civil jury) along with her friend Ron Goldman on June 12, 1994. There’s still a website for the Nicole Brown Foundation, but its last events listed took place in March 2010. O.J. Simpson, meanwhile, remains in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Denise Brown is widely assumed to have been fleecing the foundation for years, while not doing anything to help battered women.
I think a lot of times we are so focus on how OJ got off we forget about Nicole and Ron Goldman.
Ron Goldman classic case of wrong place, wrong time.
Sad in Nicole’s case the foundation in her honor will go out of business when it could have done such great things.