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Non-profit in hot water for leasing suite at arena

Raymond J. Weis Raymond J. Weis
Jim Simon Jim Simon
Louisville, KY -

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A non-profit organization is under fire for spending tens of thousands of dollars on suites at sporting events instead of its clients. Dismas Charities, Inc. gets most of its money from the state and federal government. They said the information has been "misrepresented" and they have scheduled a meeting with State Auditor Crit Luallen to review the leases for the boxes.

Dismas is a national organization that works to help rehabilitate offenders and get them jobs. The Louisville chapter is in hot water for spending money to lease suites at the KFC YUM! Center and Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

At a news conference the CEO Raymond J. Weis and Board Chair Jim Simon addressed the media, saying no contributions or government funds were used, UT it came from investments and property sale.

They did admit the original property that was sold was paid for out of the general fund 26 years ago. That general fund is made up primarily by taxpayer's dollars.

"These arena suites will help us continue to thank our corporate sponsors who employ our clients and who aid other charities by allowing them to use our space for their own fundraising needs," said Simon.

There's a lot more to this story, including outrage over how much the CEO makes each year. WAVE 3 caught up with him afterwards to ask him about it and will have more on that coming up Thursday on WAVE 3 News at 6. 

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