California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed suit against a California-based charity known as Help Hospitalized Veterans, accusing the group of engaging in self-dealing, paying excessive amounts of executive compensation, fraudulent fundraising and using accounting gimmicks to inflate the amount of income spent on providing veterans’ services.
She is seeking the removal of the charity’s officers and directors and to recover more than $4.3 million in funds improperly diverted from the charity. The funds were intended to support several programs serving veterans and active-duty military, including providing arts and craft kits to hospitalized veterans. Instead, according to Harris’s office, they were used to enrich the organization’s officers and fundraisers.
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