Niiiice work here by Sweetness & Light. He’s a teensy bit unfair when he says the process of filing for 501(c)(3) status should only take a few minutes (true with respect to filling out the application, but it can take months to be formally approved by the IRS) but otherwise he’s got himself a solid case of malfeasance.

Do their actions rise to the level of fraud, though? To prove criminal fraud you typically have to show intent to deceive or at least some knowledge on the part of the defendant that his/her actions were deceptive. Seeing as how she’s still studiously agnostic about what went down on 9/11, Mother Sheehan doesn’t strike me as the type who’d have any sense of what “501(c)(3)” might mean beyond the fact that it’s associated somehow with charities. She’s not trying to deceive, in other words; she’s just stupid. Nor would this be the first time she and her inner circle of merry pranksters haven’t been able to pull it together, man, to file paperwork necessary for their activities:

A nationally known anti-war group in Mclennan County has lost its corporate status with the state, and a former member is calling for an investigation.

Officials in the Texas State Comptroller’s office said the Crawford Peace House hasn’t handed in required paperwork in nearly a year…

Its corporate charter is now revoked.

“Why? Because we’re just not responsible about doing it, I guess. I can’t answer that. I would like for someone to come and volunteer for us to do that work for us,” Peace House Board Member Kay Lucas said…

When asked about specific numbers and receipts, Lucas said she didn’t have any available.

She also said the delinquent status for filing was in part due to paperwork being sent back.

“The IRS was asking us all these questions that I just did not know how to answer,” Lucas said.

They collected $700,000, according to one former member. A shade over $11,000 is still left. Without a corporate charter, there’s no limited liability for the officers and directors. Which means Mother Sheehan, potentially, is personally on the hook for any outstanding debts.

Well, look at it this way. They can take the house and their property, but a part of her will always be there.

Exit question: How much is the IRS loving Cindy these days?

Tags: Texas