California's attorney general has sued a major veterans charity on allegations that its directors misused in private donations for hefty pensions, golf memberships and other perks.

Attorney General Kamala Harris told The Associated Press on Thursday that her office filed the complaint in Riverside County Superior Court against Help Hospitalized Veterans of Winchester.

Officials want several directors ousted and the recovery of at least $4.3 million they say was mishandled. They also seek untold punitive damages.

Help Hospitalized Veterans ranks among the top 1 percent of charities in the nation for the amount of money it reports raising annually. Its primary mission is to provide veterans with arts and crafts kits.

Lawyers for the charity didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.