St. Paul (Learfield News Service) -  State Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens, accusing the charity of ripping off Minnesota donors.

The lawsuit alleges the Florida-based charity deceptively represented that donations would be primarily used to help families of officers killed in the line of duty.

Swanson claims only a small percent of the funds go to family members of fallen officers. Swanson says it is wrong for any organization to try to take advantage of public sympathy for the losses of the families of fallen heroes.

Swanson wants to hear from Minnesotans who have donated to the charity and hopes to get their money back.

AFPCC was sued by Minnesota in 1995 for similar conduct. Police departments around the country have issued alerts warning the public about the charity.

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