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April 06, 2015

Red Flags Didn't Stop Payments to Troubled L.A. Foster Charity

A Los Angeles-area foster-care nonprofit continued to receive millions of dollars in taxpayer funds in recent years despite government investigators' warnings of alleged financial misconduct and child abuse, writes the Los Angeles Times. CSJ and Kitaji Kidogo, the operators of Little People's World, were charged last September with embezzling $460,000 from the organization.

Los Angeles County officials cut ties with the charity after the Kidogos were indicted. They have pleaded not guilty. Auditors and other state regulators had raised questions since 2011 about Little People's World's spending and treatment of children at its care sites in Los Angeles and Riverside counties. The case comes two years after Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services boosted staff and implemented other reforms amid reports of misspending by nonprofit contractors.