According to a report by The New York Times, Melania Trump is being investigated for selling tickets to a meet and greet with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity that doesn’t appear to exist.
The former first, lady, who has jumped into Trump’s post-presidency money-making machine by auctioning off some apparel, is hosting a “high tea” event scheduled in April in Florida that is raising eyebrows, according to The Times.
“Mrs. Trump is now selling tickets to the April ‘high tea,’ with organizers saying that some of the profits will benefit an initiative of her ‘Be Best’ endeavor called ‘Fostering the Future,’ meant to provide computer-science scholarships to young people who have been in foster care,” The Times reported.
However, the details do not mention what portion of the ticket sales will go to the former president’s wife, questions are being raised about her “Fostering the Future” charity.
The Times noted that “Florida requires any organization that raises charitable contributions in the state to register. No charity with the name ‘Fostering the Future’ or ‘Be Best’ is registered in Florida.”
Now, state officials are looking into the situation, according to the report.
“Consumer Services Division is currently investigating whether this event involves an entity operating in violation of Chapter 496, Florida Statutes,” Erin M. Moffet, the agency spokeswoman, told The Times.
“The state law requiring charities to register before soliciting money,” Moffet added.