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Resource ID: #19921
Subject: Nonprofits
Source: KTRK-TV (Houston)
Date: Sept.



Kids Care, INC. is a charity institution in Houston. Proclaimed as the nation's first meals-on-wheels program for kids, the charity has been honored by two presidents and the United Nations. The charity takes more than a million dollars a year in donations. KTRK-TV began a review of these finances. The investigation revealed a disturbing portrait of how donations were spent -- including thousands of dollars spent at a Houston topless bar, expensive restaurants, trips to lavish day spas and hair bills that exceeded $800 a month. Using the companies own ledger, the station documented false tax returns, exposed the practice of giving gifts to employees and relatives of the charities' founders by disguising the payments as crisis intervention for the needy.

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