Border Watch Group Criticized for Use of Funds

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HOUSTON (AP) - Questions are being raised about how an Arizona
civilian border group is spending its money.

That's because the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps spent $1,000 of the $54,000 collected from registration fees collected for background checks.

This is according to an IRS form and audit report released by the group's leader Chris Simcox.

This group patrols the border and reports illegal immigrants to authorities. It is different from the Minuteman Project, which also focuses on illegal immigration.

Simcox defends the spending on the group's Web site, and he criticizes the media.

Still questions about finances and other concerns have led some
members to quit the group.