Ohio AG probe: Veteran service groups misused $10M


CINCINNATI (AP) — An investigation alleges more than $10 million in charitable funds held by veterans services organizations in Ohio for job training and other services was misused.

It found some veterans posts set up fake career centers instead of using the money to help unemployed veterans.

The Ohio attorney general's office says its investigation led to an agreement between the state and AMVETS Department of Ohio, Ohio AMVETS Career Center and AMVETS Department of Ohio Service Foundation. That agreement requires reforms in AMVETS practices to prevent future misuse of charitable funds.

The groups say they have begun reforms.

Investigators say the misuse involved some AMVETS posts setting up satellite career centers that were little more than outdated computers and using job training money to reimburse themselves for items such as centers' rent.

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