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Some nonprofits don't comply with records request

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago September 04, 2013 Sep 4, 2013 Wednesday, September 04 2013 September 04, 2013 9:47 PM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- As many as 27 nonprofit organizations have failed to report financial documents to the treasurer, weeks after the documents were requested.

Auditors have requested the information so they can see how non-governmental organizations are spending tax-payer money, given to them by state lawmakers during legislative sessions.

Thirty-four groups have been the focus of a series of reports by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit. The organizations never reported spending. Since the reports, seven have complied.

But, among the ones that have not, is an NGO connected to State Senator Yvonne Dorsey Colomb. Her assistant is listed as the director of a group called Serenity 67.

Serenity 67 received $150,000 from the state while Colomb was on the state budget committee five years ago.

Colomb is also tied to a second organization. Her husband runs the The Colomb Foundation, which received $300,000. The Colomb Foundation turned in the requested documents just ahead of Wednesday night's deadline, in a box.

Any organization that does not comply will be turned over to a state debt collector.
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