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Charity founder commits suicide as jury nears verdict


St. Louis – The founder of a charity who faced federal charges in a fraud case has committed suicide.

A jury in St. Louis was deliberating the fate of Lou Sengheiser, who started Gateway to a Cure, which raises money for spinal cord research.

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said Sengheiser's body was found Thursday at the charity's headquarters. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest at age 58.

He was accused of taking more than $300,000 from the charity for personal use.

Sengheiser said in court he bought tickets to his own charity's raffles under assumed names and won twice.


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