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The Caffeine 
Awareness 
Association’s 
Community 
Service Scam 
By Dr. Lori Gore-Green
In a recent article by the Oneida 
Daily Dispatch, New York a New 
York City group admits to a 
community service scam. Th...
An anti-caffeine activist pleaded 
guilty to the scheme this past 
Thursday. According to the 
Manhattan District Attorney...
Marina Kushner and the group that 
she founded, The Caffeine 
Awareness Association, pleaded 
guilty to a false-filing fel...
Kushner was recently arrested in 
Florida after officials became 
suspicious after a local defendant 
filed a letter from ...
Before Kushner created her scam 
group, she had written anti-caffeine e-books 
and her group’s website 
supported her mess...
Soon after the trial, the groups 
website page was taken down “due 
to technical difficulties.” As a part of 
the scam, th...
All the customers had to do was take 
an online quiz, but were not obligated 
to pass it. The questions on the quiz 
were ...
As one could imagine, this “community 
service” raised suspicions in Portland 
and Washington state where the group 
was h...
It wasn’t until a 2013 case where a 
judge stated that the anti-caffeine 
group community service was a 
“scam” and that i...
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Caffeine Awareness Association’s Community Service scam

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This is the blog post of Dr. Lori Gore-Greenabout the community service scam that Caffeine Awareness Association admitted being guilty of. This association was giving false community service hours out to peope who were paying for them. This "community service" labeled "Quick Community Service" consisted of a small online quiz that answered questions about this group's founder's e-books about anti-caffeine. The idea was to provide individuals with a fast and convenient way to earn community service hours, however this trade of money for hours was a false-filing felony. Dr. Lori Gore-Green, a huge advocate for community service is sad to see the industry of community service being abused when it exists to help people and places in need of something a little extra.

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Caffeine Awareness Association’s Community Service scam

  1. 1. The Caffeine Awareness Association’s Community Service Scam By Dr. Lori Gore-Green
  2. 2. In a recent article by the Oneida Daily Dispatch, New York a New York City group admits to a community service scam. The group’s intention was to make serving community service as easy as taking an online quiz.
  3. 3. An anti-caffeine activist pleaded guilty to the scheme this past Thursday. According to the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. “a community service sentence is a public and personal responsibility.”
  4. 4. Marina Kushner and the group that she founded, The Caffeine Awareness Association, pleaded guilty to a false-filing felony. Due to her sentencing she will have to complete 300 hours of actual community service.
  5. 5. Kushner was recently arrested in Florida after officials became suspicious after a local defendant filed a letter from Kushner’s group. They were also equally as suspicious at the website linked to the group about “fast community service.”
  6. 6. Before Kushner created her scam group, she had written anti-caffeine e-books and her group’s website supported her messages. While the public is made aware by the Food and Drug Administration about the harmful effects of too much caffeine, Kushner took it to a whole other level.
  7. 7. Soon after the trial, the groups website page was taken down “due to technical difficulties.” As a part of the scam, the group offered community service letters certifying completion and would charge based on the number of hours needed for completion.
  8. 8. All the customers had to do was take an online quiz, but were not obligated to pass it. The questions on the quiz were based on the anti-caffeine e-books that Kushner wrote and would sell on the website. Over the several years that the group was active, the group received over $200,000.
  9. 9. As one could imagine, this “community service” raised suspicions in Portland and Washington state where the group was headquartered.
  10. 10. It wasn’t until a 2013 case where a judge stated that the anti-caffeine group community service was a “scam” and that it would not pass as legitimate community service. New York prosecutors are now on the lookout for group activity that is similar to the anti-caffeine group.

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