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August 05, 2015

British Youth Charity May Close, After Media Investigation of Improper Spending

Following an investigation by BuzzFeed News and the BBC that found misuse of $4.69 million in grant money by the British youth charity Kids Company, the group has told the government it may close down, the BBC reports.

Although some officials had advised against giving the group the grant, the government provided the money, with the intent of reorganizing the charity, which provides young people with social services, and on the condition that the group's controversial leader, Camila Batmanghelidjh, step down. The joint investigation found that some of the money was used improperly to pay the staff, and the government is now looking to recover the grant.

Separately, The Guardian reports that police are investigating the London charity following allegations of sexual abuse and distribution of indecent images involving the staff.