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September 22, 2014

Heads of Foster-Care Charity Accused of Embezzling $460,000

The husband-and-wife operators of a Southern California nonprofit serving abused and neglected foster children will be arraigned Monday after being charged with stealing more than $460,000 from the taxpayer-funded charity, reports the Los Angeles Times. CSJ and Hitaji Kidogo, respectively the executive director and assistant executive director of Little People's World, face 22 counts of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.

The agency receives about $2.5-million a year from Los Angeles and Riverside counties to run group homes for foster children with behavioral and mental-health problems. Los Angeles County prosecutors say an audit of Little People's World showed the Kidogos channeled the charity's money into property purchases, vacations, and loans to themselves that were not repaid. The couple was arrested Thursday at their home in Banning, Calif.