PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities have charged the founder of the Institute for International Sport with embezzlement, forgery and obtaining money under false pretenses following an investigation into the non-profit organization once housed at the University of Rhode Island.
Daniel E. Doyle Jr. pleaded not guilty Friday in District Court in Providence. The 18-count indictment alleges that the West Hartford, Conn., resident used institute money for more than $1 million in unauthorized salary increases and personal expenses including payments to his daughter’s college, and filed false annual reports.
Rhode Island State Police and the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin launched an investigation in Feb. 2012 after an audit found the institute couldn’t account for how it spent most of a $575,000 legislative grant. The state gave the institute more than $7.3 million between 1988 and 2011.
The institute was established in 1986 and is best known for its World Scholar-Athlete Games, which attracts young athletes and artists from around the world to participate. It has featured prominent speakers including former President Bill Clinton and Olympic skier Bode Miller. The games were held on URI’s campus until last year when they moved to the University of Hartford in Connecticut, along with a new event called the World Youth Peace Summit.
During Doyle’s first court appearance Friday the judge set a surety bail of $100,000, meaning that Doyle would be released if he posts $10,000. He may not travel outside of Connecticut and Rhode Island, and he must turn in his passport by Monday morning.
Peter DiBiase, one of Doyle’s lawyers, said Doyle turned himself in at the state police barracks in Scituate on Friday morning.
“We dispute the allegations,” he said.
He said Doyle had made “many, many loans” to the organization over the years, but declined to elaborate.
“He put a lot of money in when there were cash flow problems,” he said.
Doyle’s next court appearance is set for May 17.
WPRI-TV was first to report the indictment.
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