'Three Cups' Author Tossed From Charity Board, Must Pay $1 Million04:26
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Greg Mortenson, his son Khyber, and daughter, Amira Mortenson, with students at Gultori War refugee school, Bromolo Colony, Karakoram mountains. (PRNewsFoto/Central Asia Institute, Deirdre Eitel)
Greg Mortenson, his son Khyber, and daughter, Amira Mortenson, with students at Gultori War refugee school, Bromolo Colony, Karakoram mountains. (PRNewsFoto/Central Asia Institute, Deirdre Eitel)

A year-long investigation by the Montana Attorney General will force Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling books "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools" about building schools in Afghanistan, into stepping down from the board of his charity, the Central Asia Institute.

He will remain the public face of the organization, and continute to draw a salary, but it's unclear what position he will hold.

Mortenson will also have to pay back the charity for $1 million that was spent on family vacations, clothing and Internet downloads. The investigation found the charity spent millions to promote itself. For example, CAI doled out $4 million since 2006 buying copies of Mortenson's books to give away to schools and libraries.

Mortenson rocketed to fame and wealth with his books, charity and speaking engagements. But one year ago, reports by "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer alleged Mortenson fabricated parts of his story.

Guest:

  • Gwen Florio, reporter for The Missoulian

This segment aired on April 6, 2012.

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