For Immediate Release - March 24, 2014

Former Treasurer of Figure Skating Club Ordered to Pay $50,000 for Alleged Misappropriation of Charity’s Funds

Also Barred from Holding Any Role Involving a Charity for Ten Years

BOSTON — A former treasurer of a figure skating club in Marlborough has been ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution for allegedly misappropriating club funds for his own personal use, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. He has also been barred from holding any role involving a charity for the next ten years.

The consent judgment, signed on Friday by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Garry Inge, resolves allegations against Barry Eavzan, of Sherborn, the former treasurer of a Marlborough-based public charity, New England Figure Skating Club (NEFSC).

“Misuse of charitable funds not only harms well intentioned organizations and their members, it undermines the public trust and good will of all charitable organizations,” said AG Coakley. “Through this judgment, this defendant will be required to pay restitution to resolve allegations that he abused his authority by misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars of charitable funds for his own personal use.”

NEFSC was incorporated in 1996 to train young ice skaters and Eavzan served as a volunteer treasurer of NEFSC from 1996 to 2007. According to the 2010 complaint filed by AG Coakley’s Office in Suffolk Superior Court, Eavzan allegedly violated Massachusetts public charities laws by authorizing expenditures unrelated to legitimate costs and in violation of public charities laws in Massachusetts.

The complaint alleged that Eavzan misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars of the charity's funds for personal use through ATM withdrawals and NEFSC checks made out to himself and cash. According to the complaint, Eavzan also used NEFSC funds to pay for his personal credit cards and various personal expenses such as groceries, limousine rides, flowers, restaurant bills, cell phones, lingerie, and yard mulch.

In addition to the $50,000 restitution required from Eavzan, the judgment prohibits him from serving as a board member, officer or employee of any charity for ten years.

The Attorney General’s Office, through its Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division, is responsible for overseeing the public’s interest in the Commonwealth’s non-profit charitable organizations.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Eric Carriker, of Attorney General Coakley's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division, with assistance from Investigator Amanda George of the Civil Investigations Division.

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