PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island official released new figures Friday showing a nonprofit sport institute under investigation received more than $7.3 million from the state.
Acting Auditor General Dennis Hoyle told legislative leaders Friday that the Institute for International Sport received more than $2.3 million from the state between 1988 and 1997. That's in addition to more than more than $5 million the institute received from 1998 to 2011.
Also, the University of Rhode Island said Friday it has received two checks for more than $380,000 from the sport institute.
The checks Sport were deposited on Tuesday and Thursday, said URI spokeswoman Linda Acciardo. A state audit said the institute owed the school $380,846 as of January for expenses including unreimbursed payroll costs and other services provided during the World Scholar-Athlete Games.
The same audit found the institute can't account for how it spent most of a $575,000 legislative grant to construct a building on URI's campus. The building has no heat, electricity or plumbing.
The institute was founded in 1986 and is best known for the World Scholar-Athlete Games, which attracts young athletes and artists from around the world.
URI would consider the institute's debt settled once the checks clear, Acciardo said. The first check for $100,000 has cleared, Acciardo said. She did not know whether the second check for $280,846 had cleared.
Institute spokeswoman Beth Bailey released a statement saying that founder and chairman Daniel Doyle Jr. and his family have paid URI what it's owed.
"The family will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities until all questions have been answered, and expects to meet all obligations," the statement said. Bailey declined to comment further. A message was left for Doyle, who lives in West Hartford, Conn.
Rhode Island state police searched Doyle's Connecticut home on Thursday for documents, said Col. Steven O'Donnell. A search warrant was executed at institute offices on the URI campus last week.
Some people who were reported to the government as members of the institute's board of directors also say that they did not serve on the panel.
Most recently, Michael Healy, a resident of Ireland who is listed on documents submitted to state and federal authorities as being on the board, told The Hartford Courant that he has never served on the panel or served as its chairman. He also said that he never made comments attributed to him in written statements released by the institute. A message was left Friday for Healy.
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