- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - Eleven people have been charged with stealing about $1.2 million in government funds from the nonprofit organization Northeast Texas Opportunities.

The defendants, including several who worked for the group but were fired amid fraud allegations, were arraigned Wednesday in Texarkana.

The 10 women and one man are charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, plus theft of government property and aiding and abetting. Ten are also charged with fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. All pleaded not guilty and were freed on bond.

Northeast Texas Opportunities assisted the elderly, low-income and disabled people in Red River, Titus, Lamar, Franklin, Morris, Rains, Hopkins and Delta counties.

An audit was done in 2014. Prosecutors say the nonprofit closed last August due to insolvency and allegations of phony or altered invoices and kickbacks.

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