Utah Charity Says It Can't Repay Minnesota Schools

Utah Charity Says It Can't Repay Minnesota Schools

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(Minneapolis-AP) -- Some Minnesota schools that bought fitness equipment from a Utah charity may be out of luck.

The group says it can no longer send the reimbursement payments the schools were expecting.

The idea was that the districts contract for equipment from a for-profit company -- and then are reimbursed by government or charitable grants through the National School Fitness Foundation.

Reimbursement was not guaranteed, however.

The president of the foundation says an investigation by Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch's office -- and declining donations -- are forcing the foundation to "postpone its voluntary contributions" to schools that bought the equipment.

The foundation's president, Cameron Lewis, says the foundation has done nothing wrong.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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