Wildcats Fallout Continues with No Proof Provided of Charity Status
As of Sunday morning what appears to be charity fraud continues to have life in Bristol Borough as Chris Chapman president of the borough based Wildcats youth football association, has yet to provide proof to anyone his non-profit is in good standing.
State, county, and local officials throughout the week read our exclusive story exposing, at the very least, the misdeeds of one man, Chris Chapman, president of the youth athletic association.
Chapman and some of his supporters – not tied to the youth football league, attacked this publication all week long , but have to provide proof to refute the claims made in last weeks story.
He blocked the publication from contacting him Sunday night claiming he was being “harassed.”
15 families tied to the youth football association contacted this publication throughout the week seeking additional information, and in many cases providing additional information about Chapman’s public statements.
Multiple sources alleged as a coach for a Bensalem based youth football league, Chapman was asked to leave the organization several years ago for unspecified reasons. The three sources, who asked to remain anonymous because they don’t have permission to speak by organization officials, intimated the circumstances were money related.
“There was something going on there. It was an open secret in some instances but once Chapman left the talk died” the sources said.
Meanwhile, Chapman announced he was going to hold a meeting to explain and answer all questions calling the reporting by this publication, politically motivated. Chapman in 2020 made a bid for the east ward council seat, by challenging east ward Councilwoman Lorraine Cullen.
Cullen beat Chapman in that primary, winning by a super majority in the contest.
He was also soundly beaten by Council President Ralph Diguiseppe several years ago also.
Bristol Borough officials said in April, they were more than willing to work with the Chapman and and the Wildcats to bring them under the umbrella of Bristol Borough Recreation. Chapman declined the opportunity and has refused to provide the required paperwork for facilities use to school district officials, as of July.
Chapman’s $30,000 school district facilities use fees charged claim were also blown to bits, by his lack of submitting a completed use form. It was simply a number he created on his own, officials said and documents provided by the association president clearly show.
So the political motivation theory seems to falter under scrutiny.
School district and borough officials have remained mum since the report was published Sunday, however, LBS learned Friday the administration for the school district sent, or is sending, a letter to Chapman warning him about trespassing on district property.
The Wildcats, according to their Facebook page are going to hold a summer practice session and signups at “the fields.”
Earlier the week, Chapman first announced a meeting would take place at the Elks Lodge on Wood Street, however that was quickly changed to an area near the lodge, in proximity to the marsh. Then on Sunday the meeting date and time was changed for a third time, to Monday evening at Bristol Regional Rail train station.
Meanwhile, the ones impacted most, the kids who play for the Wildcats can only stand by and watch, as they did at a Friday night summer flag football celebration earlier this month,
He was “piss drunk” when presenting awards to children who participated in the summer flag football program parents alleged in on the record conversations with this this publication since before we published last weeks story.
“Some youth community leader” one football supporter lamented.
Parents who attended the event were “shocked” by Chapman’s alleged behavior.
All last week public safety officials in off the record exchanges with Lower Bucks Source encouraged those who feel wronged to contact their local police or file a complaint.
A law enforcement official outside the boundaries of Bristol made the same point.
I would advise anyone with a complaint to report it to the Bristol Borough Police Department. That’s where an investigation would have to start, the official said.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office said anyone wishing to file a complaint regarding a charitable organization in Pennsylvania can be done one of two ways. Online or by calling The Charitable Trusts and Organizations section directly. At 717-783-2853
This publication has been in discussion with local officials from an array of organizations who have had, or currently have relationships with Chapman and the Wildcats association to obtain pertinent records that could show potential fraudulent claim, similar to the claims of having federal charity status, which as of publication remains “revoked,”according to IRS records.
In one of our last exchanges with Chapman on last week, he said the Wildcats will be receiving a windfall in grant money soon.
If that’s true, did he lie about the organization’s tax exempt status on grant applications?
Also, what about the “$5 million dollar association insurance policy,” Chapman bragged about to Council and school district officials in April? Does non-profit status, or lack there of impact cost? Pricing?
So many questions still to be answered, yet all Chapman, as president of a youth football league, can do is attack as his response. He can’t even set a family meeting date, at this point, changing his “truth” telling sessions three times so far.