• Report: #897208
Complaint Review:

Derek's Wish

  • Submitted: Wed, June 13, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, December 02, 2012

  • Reported By: Fight against Fraud — Sacramento California United States of America
Derek's Wish
721 Cecilyn Way, Sacramento, California United States of America

Derek's Wish Cyndie French, AKA Cyndie French-Raney, Cindy J. Morris, Cindy Madsen, Cheryl Moffe, Cheryl Zimdahl Revolked non-profit organization, diverting funds, fraud, deception for unlawful gain Internet/ Sacramento, California

*General Comment: Derek's Wish is a sham

*General Comment: Please only stick to facts that you know!

*General Comment: Another Personal Perspective

*General Comment: I see this in a different view

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     This report is to warn anyone that is planning to, or has, donated money, products, CARS and time to Cyndie French (alias, Cindy Madsen, Cyndie Jolene Morris, Cindy J. Morris, Cheryl Moffe, Cyndie French-Raney, Cheryl J.Zimdahl) and her charity, Dereks Wish . The address listed for Dereks Wish is 721 Cecilyn Way, Sacramento, CA 95831. All of this information is public record.


     Dereks Wish claims to be a Non-profit organization #20-5855119. In reality, the Non-profit status has been REVOLKED by the IRS since March 15, 2011. This was revoked due to the fact that Cyndie French (President) has never filed any paperwork showing where any of the funds have gone or been used since 2007. Cyndie French has a Paypal account (which also states it is Non-profit) and collects money directly into a bank account (Derek Madsen Fund) at Chase/Washington Mutual Bank, account #3110191727, located at 801 K St. Sacramento, CA 95814,
Phone 916 326-4500. Cyndie French also continues to have fundraisers. 

     The website
www.Dereks-wish.com states that this is a legitimate Non-profit organization. It is not. The State of California Department of Justice has listed this organization as delinquent, due to the fact that it has been REVOLKED by IRS. I called the IRS (877 829-5500) and verified today that Derek's Wish is NO longer a tax exempt organization. Anyone who has participated in any donation, is not eligible for any deductions. There is also a Facebook page that states that Derek's Wish is a non-profit and directs people to a paypal account for donations.


   I recently lost my sister to cancer and in no way minimize the fact that this woman lost her child to cancer in 2006. This does not allows her to defraud people, who want and think, they are helping other families with cancer.


   Two people I know, met this woman, Cyndie French, on a dating site. This website has always been a good, safe dating site. She dated and ...... with both of these men, all the time, asking for money and car donations. I checked with the California DOJ and she has received at least 8 car donations. After she got money out of them, she dumped them and went on to her next victim. She is still active on site. (June 5-12, 2012).


    It is very obvious that she is using this money for herself. I believe, the IRS is investigating her currently for fraud, diverting donations for personal use, fundraising fraud, internet fraud and charity fraud.


Per IRS- (6/13/2012)

"Dereks Wish has been classified by the IRS as a disqualified organization, it cannot or does not accept donations, is not recognized by the IRS as a charity, or is not in good standing with federal and state regulators"

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#1 General Comment

Derek's Wish is a sham

AUTHOR: justthetruth - ()

I am so happy that someone finally reported what I sensed was really going on with Cyndi Frenchs "fundraisers" and luring men for money/cars,etc. She has a long history of doing this before the sad death and exploitation of her son of cancer. Anyone who knew her in the past also knew it was a matter of time before the truth would come out as to her true intentions. She had no desire to help other families. The money has been used for cars,rent,plastic surgery,etc. I hope that she gets prosecuted for what she has done in the name of her youngest.

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Please only stick to facts that you know!

AUTHOR: Friend of Derek''s - (United States of America)

I highly doubt that Cyndie personally told you that she took money.  As far as I know, this money is still sitting in the paypal account and has been turned over to the IRS or is in process of being turned over to the IRS.  Cyndie, shut her own NonProfit down because she was in over her head. 

And if the dating has nothing to do with it, why throw in your opinion and not facts.  I have met many of the men she has dated on these websites, some claim to have money, some don't, either way, all were controlling wanted her as arm candy and full of drama.  Some times, she gave them money she could not even afford to give.  So again, lets stick to facts not opinions that have no basis.

And yes we all have baggage and all make mistakes.  However, you have no proof or actual information that she broke the law, so lets not make accusations that are not true!  Remember we live in the USA and are innocent until proven guilty!  She has not been charged with anything and is in process with the IRS to clean up all this mess.

I really wish everyone would leave her alone, no one really knows what is going on, everyone is just giving there opinion and making up information.  The facts are what they are, she didn't file the proper paperwork with the IRS, she shut down her website and Nonprofit and is working with the IRS to straighten out the mess.  She still has the money sitting in the PAYPAL account and is turning it all over to the IRS.

The rest is all speculation and really none of your business unless you donated, in that case, you should contact the IRS.  Because until June 2012 you still have a write off, if you donated after that date, then you may have a problem.

Stop JUDGING and MAKING up information!  This is called BULLYING and is ABUSIVE.  I would not be surprised if the original post had something to do with a previous boyfriend of hers that is angry and wanted to get revenge on her because he felt the relationship didn't go the way he wanted.  Which would totally prove my point about her always dating controlling abusive men!

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Another Personal Perspective

AUTHOR: CA USA - (United States of America)

I too have known Cyndie for several years. I am sorry that she lost her son (it was a very sad time for all of us) and I do think initially she was sincere with the idea of Derek's Wish and perhaps did help some families; however, I do know for a fact that she did misappropriate money along the way. Through her own admissions she said many times she used the money from her fundraisers (i.e., car washes, laughs unlimited shows, etc.) to pay for her own living expenses and never deposited the money into the bank. I kept my distance from her, but I always knew the mishandling of the funds would catch up to her eventually. True, she may not be very good with money, but I don't think that gives anyone permission to misappropriate funds and property that were donated or collected for her nonprofit organization.    

I don't really understand what the dating situation has to do with the misappropriation of funds from her nonprofit, but yes, she routinely finds men online...generally financially comfortable and she takes advantage of the situation. I don't know if they were abusive or not because she is very good at telling you what she thinks you want to hear and can easily manipulate the details of a situation, so it is difficult to really know what is truthful and what isn't. I also agree she has baggage, but a lot of people have baggage and we all find a way to deal with it without breaking the law.

The bottom line is that even before her son got sick Cyndie was always had a money making scheme. The challenge I would like to put out there is that if she truly never "intentially" tried to scam anyone then she should come clean with what happened to all those donations she recieved and make it right with all those sympathic unsuspecting donors that made contributions to Derek's Wish. They believed they were supporting a worthy cause....It's the only right thing to do.

P.S - What did happen to those vehicles that were donated?
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#4 General Comment

I see this in a different view

AUTHOR: Friend of Derek''s - (United States of America)

Yes Cyndie has not kept up with the filings with the IRS and yes she was collecting money for Derek's Wish.  However, I believe, what really happened here is Cyndie is someone who has no business sense and has no idea how to do any of the bookkeeping.  Her life has been a disaster since her son died and she has been dealing with depression.  These fund raisers were her way of keeping her son alive and trying to help other families, which she did.  She just did not do things in the correct way because she needed some guidance.  So in the end, this made her look bad, but her intentions were good and she did her best with the skills she had and the mental state she was in.

As to her dating men on a dating site.  She has always done this, she is not taking anyone for their money, she is just trying to find a nice guy to settle down with.  Just like many people her age, she has a lot of baggage and has never had a healthy relationship.  Surprise, she is damaged?  Who would of thought, you know with all she has been through.  She is not perfect has not claimed to be perefect.  Pretty much every guy she has ever met on these sites have been controlling and abusive to her.  So if anyone is claiming she ripped them off, that is their ego talking and nothing else.

I do not condone anything she has done, I just look at it with a sympathetic eye and nonjudgemental view.  We all have issues and need to understand that she was trying to do something good, just did not have the mental capacity nor the business skills to complete the task properly.

I am a good friend of hers and have been for many years.  I actually helped her start up this Non-Profit because I believed in her idea.  I had to back out after the first year, because of her poor business sense.  I did not want to be a part of that and knew eventually it would come back to haunt her.  She was also in a bad depression and I could see all she could do was focus on the fundraising and helping other families, which she did.  But had no clue on the paperwork and documentation she needed to be doing.
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