For Immediate Release
September 10, 2021
Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that the Director of Charitable Trusts has filed a civil action seeking an injunction to prevent the Fab Family Fund and members of its board of directors from operating a charitable organization and from engaging in charitable solicitations.
The Fab Family Fund, a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation, purports to be a charitable organization, but its board members have failed to comply with their obligations under New Hampshire law to register with the New Hampshire Attorney General, Director of Charitable Trusts, and to respond to repeated requests for information and administrative subpoenas issued by the Director. The Complaint, filed in Rockingham County Superior Court, names as defendants Shanna Pinet a/k/a Dr. Fabianna Marie, currently the chief executive officer of the Fab Family Fund, David Pinet, treasurer of the Fab Family Fund, and Michelle Tolson, president of the Fab Family Fund.
Since at least February 2020, the Fab Family Fund has held numerous fundraisers and solicited donations through its Facebook page and its website "to educate, facilitate and grant Breast Cancer Thrivers and their families an all expense paid trip for solace and healing." The Fab Family Fund claimed on its Facebook page and website that it was "an established 501(c)(3) organization" or a "501(c)(3) nonprofit," but according to the Internal Revenue Service website, it has not received recognition by the Internal Revenue Service as exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Director of Charitable Trusts has alleged that the Fab Family Fund, Shanna Pinet, David Pinet, and Michelle Tolson have violated four separate New Hampshire charitable trust laws and is seeking from Shanna Pinet, David Pinet, and Michelle Tolson restitution to the donors, attorneys' fees and costs of the investigation, and $10,000 in civil penalties for each violation of state law. The Director is also seeking dissolution of the Fab Family Fund as a charitable organization and an injunction, preventing Shanna Pinet, David Pinet, and Michelle Tolson from engaging in charitable solicitations on behalf of the Fab Family Fund and from serving as an officer or director of any charitable organization in New Hampshire for a period of ten years.
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301