From 2008 onward, the organization’s executive director was Russell Taylor, Fogle’s friend who is currently in jail on child pornography charges, including allegations that he secretly videotaped children in his house.
Fogle, 37, the now former Subway pitchman who agreed to plead guilty to charges that he had sex with minors and possessed child pornography, faces a prison sentence of five to 12 years.
His foundation was supposed to pay out $2 million annually to schools and community organizations to combat childhood obesity, but instead it spent just $73,000 a year, the report says. Sixty percent of the money went toward the executive director’s salary, and 26 percent was unaccounted for, the newspaper reports.
A top celebrity spokesman worth $15 million, Fogle said he wanted to promote more than sandwiches. His non-profit foundation would distribute $2 million to schools and community organizations to fight the condition that had plagued Fogle for years, childhood obesity.
But the Jared Foundation has not issued a single grant, records show.
From 2009 through 2013, the foundation spent just $73,000 a year on average. Sixty percent of the money went to the executive director’s salary, and 26% is unaccounted for, according to foundation tax records.
The foundation also hasn’t paid the State of Indiana a $5 annual registration fee since 2008, the year the Jared Fogle Healthy Lifestyle Nationwide School Grant Program was supposed to begin. Delinquency notices were ignored. In 2012, theIndiana Secretary of State dissolved the foundation, though the IRS still recognizes it.
“If Jared was really interested in helping children through his foundation, he could have gotten more money,” said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, which analyzes and rates charities. “As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds.”
Fogle, who turns 38 on Sunday, is now largely confined to his 13-room mini-mansion outside Indianapolis awaiting sentencing on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography and having sex with minors. His second wife, with whom Fogle has two preschool-age children, has started divorce proceedings. His sartorial signature is no longer a pair of size-60 blue jeans but a GPS monitor that tracks his movements outside the house.
“I don’t think he’s going anywhere,” federal prosecutor Steven DeBrota said in announcing a plea deal Wednesday that will result in a prison sentence of five to 12½ years.
The disclosure that Fogle patronized adult sex workers, viewed child pornography and had sex with minors has shattered a multi-million-dollar image built on his everyman sincerity and ongoing struggle with weight. Many of Fogle’s more than 100,000 Facebook followers defaced his now-removed page with taunts about revenge that awaits him in prison.
“This was a long pattern, an ongoing pattern,” Chuck Cohen of the Indiana State Police said in an interview.
Jared Fogle’s Charity: 60 % To Director’s Salary, 26 % Unaccounted For & Zero Grants For Kids