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Man behind Boobies Rock! charity scam charged with failing to file federal income tax returns

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 23:46:48-05

DENVER -- The founder of the Boobies Rock! cancer-charity scam is now charged with failing to file federal income tax returns on income totaling $652,792 over three years.

Last month, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver charged Adam Shryock with six counts of willfully failing to file income tax returns. He's accused of not filing returns on his income for 2011 ($301,143), 2012 ($191,132) and 2013 ($160,517). The sole owner of Boobies Rock! Inc., Shryock was also charged with three counts of failing to file returns for that corporation from 2011 through 2013, according to court records.

The Castle Rock man has been called a "repeat charity-fraud offender" by Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman for his operation of Boobies Rock!

"Mr. Shryock victimized both the young women who believed they were raising money for a charity to fight breast cancer and the charities themselves by using their names without permission," Coffman said last year.

In January 2015, a Denver judge ordered Shryock to serve six months in jail after finding he was continuing to commit charity fraud, despite a court order not to do so.

The judge found that Shryock was the "driving force" behind a fall 2014 fundraising tour that, like his past activities, involved hiring attractive women wearing bikini tops and T-shirts emblazoned with "Boobies Rock!" to sell merchandise at bars and tailgating events and to represent that a portion of the sales' proceeds would go to cancer charities. The models at first said that they were raising money for Cancer Care and then for Stupid Cancer. However, those legitimate cancer charities never authorized the use of their names for Shryock’s fundraising tour, the attorney general said.

In a complaint filed in 2013, Coffman said Shryock misled thousands of consumers in Colorado and across the country into believing they were supporting breast cancer-related charities when in reality, very little of the money collected went to legitimate cancer groups. Instead, Shryock spent the money on a BMW, to subscribe to an online dating service, and to pay his bar and cleaning service tabs.

In March 2015, a judge ordered him to return $1.89 million in receipts and pay $4 million in civil penalties in the charity scam.

In May 2016, Shryock was sentenced to three months in jail after prosecutors said he stole more than $1 million through a different scheme involving the sale of donated mattresses that were supposed to go to a charity for refugees. He pleaded guilty to theft and charitable fraud. 

Denver7 requested comment from Shryock's attorney on the income tax case but had not received a reply by Friday night. 

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