- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

COLUMBIA, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois charity named after a woman and her two sons who were strangled to death is being sued by the state for allegedly misspending more than $33,000.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Mario DeCicco of La Grange Park, president of Sheri Ann & Her Boys.

DeCicco’s sister Sheri Ann Coleman and her sons were killed in their Columbia, Illinois home in 2009. Christopher Coleman is serving a life sentence for the murders of his wife and two children.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the state’s Charitable Trust and Solicitation for Charity Acts.

State prosecutors say that only $2,550 of the $35,725 held by the charity has been spent on violence prevention efforts, which is the charity’s stated mission, with the rest withdrawn as cash.

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