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Ohio AG: misuse of funds intended for veterans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says misappropriation of millions in charitable funds held by three veterans services organizations led to an agreement with the groups to prevent misuse of money for veterans services such as career training.

DeWine says the agreement with AMVETS Department of Ohio, Ohio AMVETS Career Center and AMVETS Department of Ohio Service Foundation came after his office found charitable funds used for non-charitable purposes.

While AMVETS posts legally must pay 25 percent of gaming profits to a public charity, DeWine says AmVets Career Center sent some of that back to posts to operate satellite career centers that were often facades.

The agreement requires new accounting practices and removal of some personnel.

The AMVETS Department state commander says they are changing practices and appreciate DeWine's support.

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