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November 26, 2012

Alleged Embezzlement Ends Charity's D.C. Trips for Kan. Vets

A Kansas nonprofit group that organized free trips for Midwestern World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the National World War II memorial has suspended the flights after discovering $110,000 missing from its coffers, the Associated Press reports. Central Prairie Resource Conservation & Development, which oversaw the Central Prairie Honor Flights program as part of a national network of such efforts, closed its Great Bend, Kan., office in July.

The director of the program, LaVeta Miller, was charged last month with two counts of theft by deception. Central Prairie raised $1.2-million for the flights since 2008 and sent nearly 800 World War II fighters to the nation's capital to visit the memorial, which opened in 2004.