Foster Care Executives Plead Not Guilty in Embezzlement Case

A husband and wife who contracted with Los Angeles County to operate four foster homes pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that they embezzled more than $460,000.

CSJ Kidogo, executive director of Little People’s World, and his wife, Hitaji Kidogo, LPW’s assistant executive director, are charged with 11 counts each of misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement by a public or private officer.

“I am pleased to announce that Little People’s World Group Homes will be closing soon because of these arrests today,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said last Thursday after the two were arrested at their Banning home. “Money intended to care for children in foster homes instead lined the pockets of the executives who ran the programs.”

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