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Another Kids Wish Network whistleblower has a story to tell

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Whistleblower Rhonda Erlo before she was fired at Kids Wish Network Whistleblower Rhonda Erlo before she was fired at Kids Wish Network

Rhonda Erlo said she had no idea when she started working at the Kids Wish Network last year how that charity really operated.

"It was absolutely not about the children," Erlo told News Channel 8. "It was about running a business and making money."

The charity's executive director Anna Lanzatella fired Erlo in April after Erlo worked for a year coordinating wishes for sick and dying children.

She told News Channel 8 the charity exaggerated the number of wishes it grants kids and made a practice of collecting cash donations for specific wishes already paid for by donated services.

Erlo's criticisms echo ones that another former wish coordinator told News Channel 8 in January 2012 after the charity fired her.

Meanda Dubay raised questions with the charity's own board about fundraising business practices involving the charity's former director and founder Mark Breiner.

The charity fired Dubay but ended up amending two years of financial statements to the IRS reflecting Dubay's claims that fundraising companies controlled by Breiner had received $1.7 million in payments that Kids Wish failed to include in its annual report known as the 990 form.

The charity's lawyer says Kids Wish has done nothing illegal and refuses to answer questions about financial matters because Kids Wish is suing Dubay and considering legal action against other ex-employees.

Tonight at 11pm, News Channel 8 will feature Erlo and Dubay in a story about Kids Wish Network.

CNN will also air a report at 8pm put together by its own investigative team on Anderson Cooper's show.

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