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Lawsuit: Strip club got AIDS funds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A group run by a former drug kingpin received money for job training for people with AIDS and used it for a club with nude dancers, Washington officials say.

The District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Cornell Jones, The Washington Post reported. Jones, who spent nine years in prison for drug trafficking, founded an organization called Miracle Hands after his release.

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In legal papers, the Washington attorney general alleges Miracle Hands submitted false invoices to "wrongfully obtain" more than $300,000 in grants under the guise of renovating a warehouse into a job training center. The building is now a nightclub, the Stadium Club.

The club advertises "Five Star Dining and a Premier Gentleman's Club Experience," The Washington Times reported.

The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in restitution and penalties.

The Post and later the Times published investigative reporting on the club starting two years ago. Stories suggested Jones benefited from a close relationship with Debra Rowe, who served as head of the city's HIV/AIDS housing program between 2004 and 2008. Three of her relatives worked at another nightclub Jones owned.

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