Official Website of The Crown Council of Ethiopia
Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, Chairman
Crown Council Statement on the Fraudulent Sale of Ethiopian Ranks, Orders, and Decorations
30, 2016. 21 Tahsas 2009
Crown Council of Ethiopia has been presented with incontrovertible evidence
that several persons in the US and Europe have been illegally and fraudulently
raising funds using the name of the Ethiopian Crown and its charities, offering
the sale of ranks, orders, and decorations which are within the Crown’s gift
alone, and for which the Crown holds historical copyright.
Supporters of the Crown are urged to only
communicate with the Crown Council directly, or via its recognized charitable
body, The International Society for the Imperial Ethiopian Orders (registered
as The International Society for the Star of Ethiopia), a US-registered
[501(c)3] charitable foundation.
The individuals concerned have purveyed illegal grants of Orders in exchange for payment, and these illegally-bestowed
Orders may not be worn, nor the ranks, privileges, and post-nominals used. All
legally-awarded recognitions by the Crown Council are recorded in the Crown’s
Official Registry, maintained by the Council.
Anyone who is concerned that he or she mayhave been the subject of fraud in regard to the issuance of a Crown honor
should contact the Crown Council at: PO Box 320608, Alexandria, Virginia 22320,
USA, or via email to: GRCopley@StrategicStudies.org. Anyone who feels that he
or she has been the subject of such fraud should also attempt to retrieve all
details of correspondence, bank transfers, and the like with the criminals
involved, and copies of any such documentation should be sent to the Crown
The illegal sale of Crown honors diminishesthe prestige of recognitions lawfully given to those who have faithfully and
diligently served the community. Moreover, those who have innocently acquired
fraudulently-dispensed honors in exchange for what they have felt were
donations to the charitable works of the Crown have, unfortunately, seen their
funds go only to enrich those people who have dispensed the fake honors. The
Crown and its charities are the poorer for this theft of funds which were
intended to help (in particular) Ethiopia, Ethiopians, and Africans, including
the Water Initiative for Africa (WIA), the main charity of the President of the
Crown Council, HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie.
Those claiming to represent the Crown Councilhave often used non-existent titles such as “Grand Chancellor”, have forged the
signature of HIH Prince Ermias on many of the documents, and have forged the
Seal of the Council.
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