Charities Purporting To Support Veterans Accused Of Misusing Funds

OAKLAND (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a civil lawsuit seeking to dissolve and recover hundreds of thousands of dollars from two charities that purport to support veterans.

Becerra on Monday filed the suit against the Wounded Warriors Support Group and Central Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement, which are both run by the family of Matthew G. Gregory.

Becerra’s suit alleges that the operators ran raffles to support the groups then diverted the money for personal use including travel, dining, shopping at Victoria’s Secret and paying off credit card debt.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, civil penalties and the dissolution of both charities. It also seeks to forbid the family from running a charity in California.

An after-hours phone message seeking comment from Gregory was not immediately returned.

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