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Major charity accused of misusing money intended for injured vets

The Associated Press
Published: August 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- California's attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused millions of dollars in private donations for hefty pensions and other perks, including more than $80,000 in golf memberships for its board members.

Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester ranks among the nation's top 1 percent of charities for the amount of money it reports raising annually. Prosecutors say the group - whose primary mission is to provide homebound and hospitalized veterans with arts and crafts kits - has reported more than $436 million in revenue since 2001.

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