Jared Fogle's Charity Was a Sham, Too

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Disturbing details continue to emerge in the case of disgraced ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle -- and somehow -- it all keeps getting worse.

Fogle is poised to be sentenced five to 12.5 years in prison following a plea deal on charges of receiving and distributing child pornography and having sex with minors. Now, a new report by USA Today reveals a trove of damning information about Fogle, including questionable activity by his childhood obesity charity, the Jared Foundation.

Even though the non-profit was supposed to hand out $2 million contributions to schools and community organizations to combat childhood obesity, the Jared Foundation hasn't dispensed a single grant since it was established in 2004. However, from 2009 to 2013, the foundation spent about $73,000 a year, 60% of which paid the organization's executive director. In case you're just tuning in, that exec was Fogle's friend, Russell Taylor, who was arrested himself in April on various sex-related charges, including possession of child pornography.

As if that weren't bad enough, another 26% of the organization's expenditures have gone unaccounted for altogether. 

The Jared Foundation was actually dissolved by the Indiana Secretary of State in 2012 after it failed to pay a $5 annual registration fee since 2008, but the IRS continues to consider it a non-profit, according to the report. The paper quoted Daniel Borochoff, president of non-profit watchdog group CharityWatch, as saying, "As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds."

In addition to exposing the sham charity, the report also includes numerous details from court documents that shed new light on Fogle's disturbing criminal activity within the same period he had two children with his second wife, and even his start in the "sexual underworld" in 2007. Last week, Fogle's wife said she is seeking a divorce and Subway announced it has also severed ties with him. 

Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.