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Idaho Attorney General: Twin Falls YMCA chapter violated charitable trust laws

Posted at 12:30 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 14:30:30-04

Idaho top legal officer says a YMCA chapter in Twin Falls has violated the state's charitable trust laws.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Wednesday his office would be issuing five recommendations to the local YMCA to ensure better record keeping and contribution monitoring.

Wasden's office launched an investigation into the YMCA chapter in June amid allegations that then-CEO Gary Ettenger had misappropriated more than $1 million in restricted donations between 2011 and 2016.

A February assessment conducted by the national YMCA showed that the nonprofit organization's local board asked for help when it realized Ettenger was providing false financial information. Ettenger stepped down in March.

Wasden's report showed that restricted donations were used for general operations, but the investigation did not find that donations were used for private gain.

The Twin Falls YMCA office did not immediately return a request for comment.

(Associated Press story)