Man accused of taking money from veterans charity

Man accused of taking money from veterans charity
Michael Brennan

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- Clackamas County authorities allege a 50-year-old Happy Valley man diverted money intended for an organization set up to help veterans with post-traumatic stress after his son returned from National Guard service in Iraq and committed suicide.
   
The sheriff's office says the organization was incorporated under state law but never got the Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status it claimed.

Clackamas County sheriff's deputies arrested Michael Brennan on Tuesday. They believe he sought donations through a website and Facebook paged titled "Saving America's Heroes", telling donors that proceeds went to an organization named after his late son Matthew, who'd served in the Iraq War.

Matthew Brennan was an Oregon Army National Guard member who committed suicide in 2011.

Deputies say Michael Brennan also stole money from his paraplegic father-in-law and used it for several personal purposes, including buying a home.

The sheriff's office believes Brennan may have more victims and wants to hear from them. If you believe you are one of them, call the sheriff's tip line at (503) 723-4949 or use the online email form.