AG Slaps the Texas Highway Patrol Museum for Defrauding Victims' Families

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today he's settled an enforcement action against a noble-sounding fund-raising group that allegedly did not fulfill its promises to law-enforcement families.

The Texas Highway Patrol Museum, which was never much of anything to begin with, has closed its doors and will send what funds it has to families of victims.

Abbott says the group had long promised to do that, but instead "spen[t] donated funds as they deemed fit." Reports say millions of dollars were raised over the years.

"With the settlement, donations that were supposed to benefit the families of fallen police officers will finally be used to fulfill their intended purpose," Abbott said today. "Generous Texans opened their wallets to aid those whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for our state -- and the defendants took advantage of that generosity, spending donated funds as they deemed fit. The State took action to secure these funds and ensure they will actually benefit the families of Texas's fallen police officers."

The settlement also bars several individuals from any future involvement with nonprofit or for-profit organizations related to law enforcement: They are Kenneth Lane Denton, Timothy Tierney and Steven Jenkins.

A civil penalty of $2 million is also included.

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