(MOBILE, Ala.) - The Mobile County District Attorney says she will now investigate the questionable charity we told you about Tuesday night. We showed you Ron Werstler's karate chopping fund raising methods for his group Caring Now for Kids with Cystic Fibrosis. We pulled the tax records and found Werstler has pocketed most of the donations, nearly $170,000. We also showed you how he's never helped a single child. Today, Local 15 received an email from a business that said Werstler had a another gimmick up his sleeve to get cash, and this one preys on people's religious beliefs.
Workers at Acme Truck Line got to see Ron Werstler's kung-fu style of fundraising first hand this January. David Pritchett says Werstler stopped by unannounced one afternoon and told them how he karate chops for cash to help raise money for his sick son and others who need a lung transplant.
"He broke a couple boards. I gave him a little bit of money, and then he had these Ten Commandment things. He wasn't selling them. He said they was a gift for a donation of $100, " said Pritchett.
That donation also included Ron's autographed picture of him busting boards in front of Steven Seagal.
Pritchett says he and another employee each cut a check. But it wasn't made out to Caring Now for Kids with Cystic Fibrosis. Instead, Werstler asked the employees to make payment to 'Heavenly Sent by Father and Son.'
"He told me it was going for helping transplants for cystic fibrosis kids that needed transplants. He was trying to raise money nine kids, to have nine transplants," said Pritchett.
Pritchett says had he known Werstler didn't follow the commandment's he was handing out, he wouldn't have given him money. Pritchett says after watching our investigation, he feels Werstler not only beared false witness but also stole from him.
"Obviously, he's a crook," said Pritchett.
"It's incorrigible what he's done. I mean, it's horrible," said Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich.
Rich says there are several charges that could apply to Werstler including theft of property, theft by deception, and charitable fraud.
"After hearing and watching your story last night, our office is very interested in launching a criminal investigation," said Rich. "We want to make sure that if there's someone in our community that is committing these kinds of acts that we shut them down."
Rich asks that anyone who donated to Werstler's charities call her office 251-574-8400.
Pritchett says he'll be making that call.