Georgetown’s DPE Basis Responds to Accusations
On June 3, the District’s Legal professional Normal Karl Racine filed a criticism against Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE) fraternity and its foundation — each affiliated until finally just lately with Georgetown University’s Faculty of Foreign Company — and a extensive-standing director of people nonprofits, Terrence Boyle.
In accordance to the Office environment of the Lawyer Common (OAG), Boyle is to be billed with “illegally diverting nonprofit funds” for individual gain and “abusing authority” above the DPE entities.
The accommodate alleges that “for decades” Boyle maintained management above the governance and funds of equally the DPE fraternity and foundation and “used this control to enrich himself when failing to take any action in assist of a nonprofit intent.” Boyle “diverted funds from the two businesses for his particular profit, alternatively than to further more the nonprofits’ authorized objective of “supporting schooling in the international solutions.”
“Nonprofit funds are lawfully essential to provide the general public very good and may not be made use of for private get,” A.G. Racine mentioned. “My office environment will not allow the misuse of nonprofit money to stand, nor will we make it possible for all those who hold electricity illegally to use dollars to enrich them selves.”
Boyle and the basis “diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in nonprofit resources to subsidize Boyle’s 1990 buy of a private property in Georgetown that delivered no benefit to the Basis,” according to the OAG. Considering the fact that 2015, the DPE Basis has also “failed to conduct any organization at all, these as holding typical board conferences necessary by District law and the Foundation’s bylaws.”
Underneath Boyle’s handle, the basis “operated just as a repository for donations from Fraternity users.” according to the OAG. “More lately, Mr. Boyle induced the Fraternity to donate its possession fascination in a distinct Georgetown house to the Basis without having the requisite authorization of Fraternity associates, and more triggered the Foundation to promote that property—thus depriving the Fraternity of any reward from the sale of its main asset.” In January 2020, The Georgetowner claimed the listing value for the house at 3401 Prospect St. NW at $3.9 million.
“I am certain that the Racine complaint is spurious, and the OAG’s perform abusive and unprofessional,” Manuel A. Miranda, counsel to the Delta Phi Epsilon Foundation, told The Georgetowner June 7 in an electronic mail reaction.
“Moreover, the OAG is staying employed by exterior malefactors engaged in an internecine naked power (and dollars) grab typical amid Greeks Letter groups. Moreover, they have chosen to malign an aged Georgetown [University] alumnus and Georgetown group resident who has made his fraternity and, in fact, Georgetown’s University of Overseas Support a labor of like above a life span, and who has the support of the large majority of DPE brothers. It is a reprehensible abuse of power and will be dealt with as these kinds of. The attack and defamation of Mr. Boyle is almost nothing but despicable.”