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July 30, 2014

Head of D.C. AIDS Charity Ordered to Pay City $1-Million

A Washington, D.C., charity leader found liable last month for swindling some $330,000 in grant funds from the city has been ordered to repay $1.08-million under a District statute that allows for triple damages in false-claims cases, The Washington Post reports.

The award approved Friday by a D.C. Superior Court judge also assesses civil penalties and court costs to Cornell Jones, an ex-drug kingpin, and Miracle Hands, the nonprofit he founded after serving a nine-year prison term.

In late June a Superior Court jury found for the District in its 2011 lawsuit charging that Mr. Jones and his charity falsified documents to support city grants to convert a Northeast Washington warehouse into a job-training center for people with HIV/AIDS. City officials said the money was instead used to build a strip club.