PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The founder of a Maine non-profit aimed at helping military families was the center of an FBI investigation months before his unexpected death.
Marc Badeau was the founder of "Operation Tribute," an organization that sent toys to children of military families at Christmas. Federal investigators said that hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the non-profit were misused. That money that was supposed to be spent on gifts for military children.
The Weeklys were one of the families who received gifts last year from Operation Tribute. Emma Weekly said she was shocked when she heard the news.
"I found it very disturbing that, I felt like they took advantage of military families, of soldiers' pain and hard work. The community's money. You know they meant for it to go to the families," said Emma Weekly.