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Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre Faces Lawsuit For Fraud

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An exterior view of the Kabbalah Centre is shown in Los Angeles, Friday, May 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization, claiming more than $1 million in contributions was used fraudulently.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday ( that two lawsuits filed last week claim the center, which attracted Madonna and other celebrities, raised money to enrich itself instead of using the funds to build a new facility in San Diego and for a children's charity.

The lawsuits say the center was never built and the charity abruptly stopped operation. More than $40 million in damages are being sought from the center and its leaders.

After a boom in popularity due in part with its association with celebrities, the center in recent years has been dogged by controversy. A federal tax-evasion investigation was launched but the current status of the probe is unknown.


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