Children's Miracle Network CEO accused of fraud

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  • BenjaminYBR Park City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    UPDATE - the court found that the charges were without merit and Mr. Hall was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.

    Copies of the official acquittal court documents may be found on Jim's personal website, "jameslhall".

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 26, 2009 4:00 p.m.

    Any new news?

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 25, 2008 1:43 p.m.

    I knew the guy as well. James Hall is accused of stealing money to finance his lifestyle. I can tell you that the "big deal" is that this man was entrusted with insurance premiums and then proved to be untrustworthy, selfish and dishonest. His deeds caught up with him, and now CMN's good name was threatened in the process.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 19, 2008 6:35 p.m.

    I knew the guy and think its a shame. I think his heart was in the right place. Unfortunately, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and it was not even CMN's cookie jar. So, what's the big deal?

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 23, 2008 12:45 p.m.

    We are truly disheartened by this sad revelation. It would certainly behoove the next CEO to be thoroughly and radically "raked through the coals" to prove their worthiness for such a great cause. I am very close to the wonderful benefits for the children of the 170 hospitals across the USA. This bad apple will NOT bring the CMN group down, it will become stronger and more accountable because of this. Please do not give up on CMN - the cause is greater than the greed. Give generously and know your donations are kept within the boundaries of the specific hospital in your area. Remember: It's for the Kids!!

  • anonymous
    Sept. 22, 2008 9:58 p.m.

    Some chairitable heart huh? IF he was doing all this "work" from his heart he would accept a minimal salary. Don't give me that stuff about how hard it is. I first hand KNOW what he did. I worked for him! Not through CMN. His company made tons of money and believe me his full time employee's were treated like they were subhuman. Poor wages, horrid hours. His "manager" over these employee's was mean spirited and mean mouthed. Which by the way, I don't think any of them work there anymore.. big surprise. He was not a humble man. When he spoke publicly he was so busy patting himself on the back it became an embarrassment for those of us in the audience. While he and his family were living in the lap of luxury, his employee's were scraping by. Good people with families. And they had to jump at the crack of the whip of his "manager." I personally have not donated to CMN since I had this experience.

  • From a Children's Hospital
    Sept. 22, 2008 7:29 p.m.

    Hall's resignation and its collateral damage upon CMN's reputation is very unfortunate. CMN has done immense good for our nation's children's hospitals and it can weather this storm. The question is not about the mans salary. The question is what will CMN and its leadership emerge as following this major embarrassment? Hall, as with the CEO before him, had a management style and leadership that dispirited staff internally and alienated the very beneficiaries of its mission, the children's hospitals. Rumblings have grown louder among the largest 25 or so children's hospitals about secession and among large sponsors about reducing or eliminating their support of CMN. CMN is a classic case of an organization and brand that has lost its way due to lack of innovation, collaboration, investment and, not to be dismissed, inbred attitudes and culture. It's time for an airing-out and recovery. The Board of Directors needs to own it's responsibility and in doing so find a CEO who can craft and articulate a new strategic vision.

  • Molarsaur
    Sept. 22, 2008 5:29 p.m.

    In a country where the median house is $300,000 a CEO making $333K a year is NOT grotesque, especially for such a large organization. In 1975 the median house was $50,000. If a CEO made $55K back then, no one would have blinked. His salary is peanuts compared to the average CEO salary these days.

    CMN is a wonderful organization that clearly did not do its due diligence on this guy and will now get a horrible black eye for it. It would be smart to not attempt to make any excuses and to go over the top in an effort to keep its credibility. Stop whining and start shoveling, my grandpa used to say.

  • David in TN
    Sept. 22, 2008 9:14 a.m.

    This article states that the violations took place in 2003, three years before he came to CMN. Charges were filed in Feb. of 2008.

    CMN is a voluntary association of 170 children's hospitals in the US and Canada and, as an employee of a hospital that was a charter member of the organization, I can tell you that our board was impressed because all of the money we raise in our local community is collected at our hospital and stays here. CMN does collect $$ from national sponsors and disburses those funds to the hospitals quarterly. CMN doesn't offer insurance to local hospitals. CMN has helped children's hospitals better serve millions of children in its 25 year history and no doubt the CMN Board will find a suitable new leader for this fine and worthy organization.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 21, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    How many hospital get their insurance from National Benefit? CMN employees do. Did he get the CEO position at CNM for personal benefit? I'm sure there is no conflict there. How long was he on the board before they made him CEO? Resigned or not, anyone who covered up for this guy should be toast as well.

    Anyone who works for a charity especially when they're upper management should have an annual criminal background check. I can't believe they didn't know about charges in Feb. Somebody did.

  • Resigned
    Sept. 20, 2008 8:14 p.m.

    Jim Hall resigned from his post as CEO today.

    Not sure how he got the job in the first place.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 20, 2008 2:02 p.m.

    This is much bigger than Salt Lake City... Children's Miracle Network is a world-wide organization supporting over 170 hospitals in North America - this is unfortunate for every community who raises funds for their local hospitals through the network.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 20, 2008 1:59 p.m.

    It's very unfortunate that a very good organization, with a good reputation, will be dragged through this mess. The transactions described in the article are not affiliated with CMN, however they may be forced to pay the price for some of them. It would have been very difficult - if not impossible - for the Board to do any due diligence on Hall's character...the charges were not filed until February 2008. That said, I do think that the Board will need to fire Jim Hall if they want to restore their image. And conduct a very public audit of the their books, accounts and donations.

    Greed and dishonest behavior will always catch up with you - its just a question of who will be dragged down in the process.

  • washcomom
    Sept. 20, 2008 12:41 p.m.

    All CEO's of all organizations need to see the light. Just because you are high up on the totem pole doesn't mean that you actually deserve that money. You need to really work for what you earn, and not milk off someone else's back. This was one of the more solid charities to donate to. It is so incredibly sad that someone has to cheat like that - and for what?

  • ethical
    Sept. 19, 2008 6:11 p.m.

    The Board of Directors says "the allegations pre-date his employment." The allegations don't pre-date his appointment to the board. The entire board who did not do their due dilligence on this man at the time of his hiring should first fire him and then resign themselves. Or, have some of them benefitted from his insurance company activities? Oh, and by the way, the article says his company sold insurance to hospital employees. How many hospitals did he have access to after he was placed on the CMN board? How many employees of those hospitals were victimized by this man?

  • Marco
    Sept. 19, 2008 5:24 p.m.

    $333k is that all they paid him? That's not much for the level of responsibility that position demands. All of this stuff that happened with him was 3 years prior to even joining CMA and someone would have to be an idiot to hold it against the charity. Good luck finding a quality candidate to do a job because he believes in the mission - you are fooling yourself.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 19, 2008 5:22 p.m.

    my husband had our insurance premiums deducted from his paycheck at the very small company he worked for. imagine our horror when we went to fill a prescription for our son and found out we had no insurance. the prescription cost over 600 dollars out of pocket. turns out the bosses wife who was also the office manager took the premiums, but didn't bother to pay the insurance company. he's in prison now. she should be. instead she sits in a mcmansion in utah valley waiting for his return. disgusting. this type of behavior hurts innocent people.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 19, 2008 5:18 p.m.

    i won't be donating again. how do i know my hard earned cash won't mysteriously find its way into his bank account instead? i for one don't want to help pay his mortgage. i'm appalled that his salary is so high. ever donate and sign one of those balloons? think how many individuals it took donating just a buck to pay him. my charity donations will all go to my church where i know every penny will be used appropriately.

  • Anonymous in a nonprofit
    Sept. 19, 2008 3:28 p.m.

    "You have to pay CEOs and other quality people a fair salary..." What kind of quality did CMN get for its money? When you pay a high salary, you get but one quality - GREEDY. You don't get someone who takes the job because he believes in the mission of the organization.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 19, 2008 1:53 p.m.

    The Children's Miracle Network is a wonderful foundation and helps so many children's hospitals.. their givings are very far reaching for many families and recipients. It is unfortunate that the CEO may be guilty of such charges when he is the "leader" of such a great organization. The justice system will have to prove him in the wrong.. but I am here to judge no one.. and I will keep donating to their worthy cause!

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 19, 2008 1:00 p.m.

    You have to pay CEO's and other quality people fair salary in order to keep them. If not someone else will come in take your performers. And the turnover will only harm the ones that the charity is designed to help

  • anonymous
    Sept. 19, 2008 1:00 p.m.

    I agree. $330K a year for a Utah based charity for children?? Crazy in Utah or anywhere. How can Childrens's Miracle Network afford to keep this guy? (financially and ethically) Dump the CEO, keep the organization. As a family having benefited from this organization, they actually do great work.

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 19, 2008 7:50 a.m.

    A Utah-based charity CEO was making $330K a year?

    In Utah. Crazy.

    It''s one thing when the Red Cross or the United Way pays high six figures for an Executive Director or CEO.

    And look how well those turned out.

    But to pay that kind of change for this organization? A total sham.

    I think their donation stream may have just dried up.

    Find a deserving kid and family yourself and give your gift directly to them.....