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State senator refuses to answer questions about nonprofits

1 year ago Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:19:44 PM CDT September 19, 2013 Thursday, September 19 2013 Sep 19, 2013 in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb wouldn't answer questions about two nonprofits she's tied to after attending a state bond commission meeting today.

Following the meeting, Dorsey-Colomb darted out of a side room flanked by state capitol staff and entered into a private elevator without responding to News 2's request for an interview.

Serenity 67 and The Colomb Foundation, both tied to the senator, are two of 34 nonprofits that were targeted by the Department of the Treasury for failing to quarterly document how state tax dollars were spent.

The Colomb Foundation, a Lafayette-based organization run by the senator's husband Sterling Colomb, received $300,000 in 2007, and Serenity 67, run by Dorsey-Colomb's legislative assistant, received $150,000 that same year.

Then-District 67 Representative Dorsey-Colomb sat on the state budget committee at that time.

Both organizations had until Sept. 4 to provide documentation outlining how the money was spent. The Colomb Foundation handed over a box full of documents and receipts. Treasury is reviewing it to determine if the money was spent accordingly, and State Treasurer John Kennedy asked the legislative auditor to confirm their finances.

Serenity 67 turned over nothing. Kennedy wants the newly-created Office of Debt Recovery to sue nonprofits that cannot account for their expenditures.

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