An explanation of your GoFundMe rights after bizarre Northeast Ohio case

Thousands of dollars were raised for a man who is now dead.

Explaining your GoFundMe rights after bizarre Northeast Ohio case

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Two weeks ago Rick Adams was called a hero when he walked in on and beat-up a 17-year-old that was allegedly sexually abusing a young boy.

A GoFundMe account was started to pay for his lawyers fees when he was charged with felony assault and it raised more than $40,000 in just a matter of days.

Two weeks ago Adams made a plea deal reducing his charge to a misdemeanor which meant a large some of money was left over from the GoFundMe campaign.

Monday night, Adams died of an apparent overdose.

A new page has already been created to raise funds for his funeral.

19 News contacted multiple people with GoFundMe by email and phone to see what happens now that Adams has passed away.

In a brief emailed response a spokesperson wrote, “All funds raised were, per the written request of Ricky Adams, transferred directly to Jeff,” and reminded that all donors are covered by the “GoFundMe Guarantee.”

“It takes a leap of faith to help someone else," the fundraising site stated. “That’s why we want to honor your generosity by backing it up with the first and only guarantee for crowdfunding: the GoFundMe Guarantee. In the rare case that something isn’t right, we will refund your donation.”

The site claims people can get refunds if funds have been misused but it must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The campaign organizer doesn’t deliver funds to the intended beneficiary
  • The campaign description is intentionally misleading to donors
  • The campaign organizer or beneficiary is charged with a crime related to misrepresentations made in their campaign

If misuse were to be discovered by authorities or GoFundMe the company’s website claims, “then we will refund your donation up to $1,000 per campaign.”

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