“…Help Hospitalized Veterans is no stranger to controversy.
The California-based charity came under scrutiny four years ago, when its founder and then-president was hauled before Congress to answer tough questions about his management of millions of dollars in private donations.
Roger Chapin vehemently defended his actions, and his group went on to raise millions more to support its mission of providing arts and craft kits to homebound and hospitalized veterans.
Now the organization is in trouble again in a case that watchdog groups say highlights the lack of oversight for the growing number of charities that have cropped up in recent years to help troops returning from war.
California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris told The Associated Press on Thursday that her office is suing the charity based in Winchester, over alleged violations of state codes.
Chapin and his successor, Michael Lynch, grossly overpaid themselves with the consent of several board members, prosecutors say.
The organization’s directors spent lavishly on perks –
- such as $80,000 in golf memberships for board members..”
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