I continue to track down leads on the Bosworth Raffle-scam, in which U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth and her husband Chad Haber appear to have sold raffle tickets for land in Moody County and recreational equipment over a year ago, never awarded the advertised prizes, and never refunded ticketholders. The Secretary of State's raffle request website lists eight raffle requests from Bosworth-Haber non-profit Preventive Health Strategies from October 2011 to June 2012; as far as public records indicate, PHS has held a drawing for only one raffle.
Raffle ticketholder Nathan Fluit of Sioux Falls says PHS staff told him last February that PHS had sold around 250 tickets in the Moody County land raffle. However, I have heard from two sources that the actual number of tickets sold was closer to 30. Whatever the number, the fact that tickets were sold conflicts with the story told by PHS raffle partner FIRE Missions of Michigan, whose director Jennifer Warren told me in July that no tickets had been sold.
A substory to the Bosworth-Haber raffles is their bumbling violation of military regulations. In a crass attempt to glom onto patriotic sentiment, Bosworth and Haber advertised their land and Harley raffles as fundraisers to help active duty soldiers reconnect with their families by sending them on fishing trips to Alaska. But in their rush to wrap their fundraising scheme in the flag, Bosworth and Haber didn't think to check with the military first. Had they looked before they leaped, they'd have been informed of Air Force Instruction 34-223, which governs private organizations supporting active duty service members. It forbids raffles like Bosworth's:
10.15.2. POs may not conduct games of chance, lotteries, raffles, or other gambling-type activities except as provided in paragraph 10.16 Unofficial activities/organizations may not conduct games of chance, lotteries, raffles, or other gambling-type activities under any circumstances [AFI 34-223, updated 2010.11.30].
Paragraph 10.16 allows organizations consisting mostly of DoD members and their families to conduct raffles. Preventive Health Strategies is most certainly not composed of military folks. And even those excepted organizations can't do the kind of raffle Bosworth was promoting:
10.16.2.2. Raffle requests to raise funds for purely social, recreational, or entertainment purposes which benefit only individual PO members and/or their family members, such as to underwrite the cost of a weekend ski trip, a sight-seeing tour, or a shopping excursion will not be approved [AFI 34-223].
This violation of Department of Defense regulations is just one more example of the Bosworth-Habers' rattle-scatter approach to business: throw a couple memes together, do whatever sounds cool, don't bother checking the rules, tell ever more dramatic stories, and hope no one catches you.
Unfortunately, this time, we've caught their raffle scam. And whether it's 250 or 30, the folks on whose money Bosworth and Haber have been living are not going to remain quiet.