Oregon AG sues veterans charities, founder

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has filed a lawsuit alleging the founder of two charities kept at least $690,000 raised to help Oregon veterans.

The lawsuit against Gregory Warnock also claims he improperly used charitable donations to make unreported political contributions.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court in Salem against Warnock, the Oregon War Veterans Association and the Military Family Support Foundation.

The complaint alleges the Military Family Support Foundation was little more than a corporate shell Warnock used to solicit donations for himself.

Warnock also allegedly told donors to the Oregon War Veterans Association they could claim a charitable tax deduction for contributions intended to be used for political purposes -- contrary to state and federal laws.