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N.M. shuts down Navy Veterans Association

SANTA FE, N.M., April 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a group that claims to raise money for vets and their families, has been ordered to stop fundraising in New Mexico.

The office of state Attorney General Gary King determined two of the officers of the state chapter are listed at fictitious addresses, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported.

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"Since the addresses you provided are fictional, unless you are able to provide me with a showing of legitimate activity by this organization holding itself out as having a charitable purpose in New Mexico, you are on notice that you are not lawfully registered according to the Charitable Solicitations Act and may be in violation of a number of substantive provisions of the Act as well," Deputy Attorney General Elizabeth Korsmo said.

The Times published a lengthy investigation of the organization last month. It said the group, which claims to have 66,000 members, uses rented mailboxes as its "offices." The Times could locate a verifiable address for only one of the 85 officials listed on federal tax returns.

The group says it has 41 state affiliates and raises more than $22 million.

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