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November 20, 2015

Ga. Investigating Claim That Children's Home Deceived Donors

Georgia charity regulators have launched an inquiry into an Atlanta-area home for foster children that continued to solicit donations for five years after ostensibly shutting down, according to Atlanta television station WSB.

The Charities Division of the Georgia secretary of state's office confirmed the investigation Wednesday, one day after WSB aired a report on the Noah's Ark Children's Care Home. The charity's last foster child left in March 2010, and state records show that the home closed that year, but according to federal tax returns, it has since raised $658,000.

Officials plan to subpoena bank and credit-card records to check spending by the organization, which also operates an animal sanctuary. Noah's Ark founder Jama Hedgecoth acknowledged the home no longer has any residents but said the money it raised has continued to help children. "I have never misspent one penny. Not one penny. And I can prove it," she said.