AG Keith Ellison alleges professor misused funds raised in Philando Castile's name


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

A mural honoring Philando Castile was displayed in a former teacher's yard across the street from the Community Center, City Hall and the St Anthony Police Department.

A St. Paul professor who led a viral crowdfunding campaign to pay off student lunch debts in Philando Castile's name spent less than half the $200,000 she raised on the intended purpose, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison alleged on Thursday.

Ellison's office filed a civil enforcement action in Ramsey County District Court against Pamela Fergus, alleging a breach of charitable trust, deceptive solicitation of charitable contributions, failure to maintain proper records and unregistered solicitation of contributions.

"Philando Castile cared deeply about the children he served and the children loved Mr. Phil right back," said Ellison, calling Castile a "hero" in his lunchroom. "Raising money supposedly to serve those children, then not doing so, is an insult to Philando's legacy and all who loved him."


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