Charity fined

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Secretary of State's office has ordered the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi to stop soliciting money in the state and fined the group and Executive Director Billy Murphy $25,000 each.

According to Thursday's Clarion Ledger, the $50,000 in fines are to be paid within 30 days of the order.

The Ridgeland-based charity operated Boxcar Bingo in Olive Branch - FAIMs primary funding source - until the state Gaming Commission shut down the operation for reasons very similar to those raised in the Secretary of State's investigation.

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