Firefighter charity to shut down after state investigation

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WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) — The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a Detroit-area charity with a mission of supporting firefighters and fire victims is closing after an investigation found it misled donors.

Schuette’s office announced Thursday that Wyandotte-based Firefighters Support Services has agreed to dissolve within 60 days and its directors will pay $144,000 during the next three years. Most will go to the American Red Cross’ southeastern Michigan chapter for home fire relief.>>PDF: 2015 Donations that reached charities

Schuette says the charity raised $4.2 million from donors nationwide, but about 90 percent of its money went to salaries, fundraising and administrative costs, or other programs. The attorney general’s investigation found the organization couldn’t identify grants of food, shelter or clothing to families burned out of their homes, and identified about $5,600 dedicated to fire loss relief.

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