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Attorney General ends investigation of CHCA/CHCF

An investigation of the Chestnut Hill Community Association and the Chestnut Hill Community Fund by the state Attorney General’s office that began in mid-2008 appears to have concluded.

A final agreement between the Attorney General’s office, the fund and association will be discussed in detail at the next meeting of the association’s board of directors on Thursday, March 25.

CHCA president Walter Sullivan acknowledged that the investigation had drawn to a close and explained that the CHCA and CHCF had received a document called an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance that would settle the matter between the Attorney General’s office and the two community organizations.

Sullivan said he could not discuss the particulars of the document but promised a full public disclosure at the board meeting. Several messages left with the Attorney General’s office for details went unreturned at press time.

The investigation stemmed from a dispute between CHCA board members over a number of matters, including a Department of Community and Economic Development grant that several board members said was misspent in 2005.

Those same board members tried to have the CHCA undergo a forensic audit, which a majority of the board declined. After that attempt failed the group, which included former CHCA president Ron Recko, former board member Jim Foster and CHCA founder Lloyd Wells, retained an attorney and turned a complaint in to the Attorney General’s office leading to the investigation.

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