Christmas Bureau investigation continues

Christmas Bureau investigation continues

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The state Attorney General's office is also helping with the ongoing investigation of the Austin Christmas Bureau.

Questions about the charity started coming up last month, with most of the focus on the current president Shon Washington. He failed to set up the organization this year in a timely manner causing concern that hundreds of needy children will not get gifts this year.

Earlier this week, the Attorney General's office won a court order that froze the organization's assets and to prevent Washington from collecting donations.

"Right now we want to know where the money is we want a full accounting of the Christmas Bureau not only the assets for the organization but also any sort of personal accounts from any director who had access to see if any of the money that was supposed to go to any of the undeserved families in our area, enriched someone personally, and we want to know that, and the judge has put a time frame on that of 5 days and that's where we are," said AG Spokesperson Jerry Strickland.

It's not known how far back the investigators will have to dig, before issuing a final report.

"We expect a full accounting and a thorough investigation into what has happened, if that means that we have to go back one or two years we go back one or two years, if its further than that, we want to know the extent and the time frame when families in Central Texas didn't get what people thought they were donating to," said Strickland.

While the investigation continues the Blue Santa charity is picking up the slack. It's also important to note other Christmas Bureaus like the Hill Country Christmas Bureau are not involved in this investigation.

However, the Austin case has hurt donations for the other organizations.

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