SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The daughters of Dan Doyle released an open letter Wednesday, professing their father’s innocence on charges of embezzlement from the non-profit organization he started — the Institute for International Sport — and asking taxpayers to demand an investigation of how much money the state of Rhode Island has spent on prosecuting the case.
Doyle is accused of embezzling more than $1 million from the nonprofit and spending the money on personal expenses — including college tuition for his daughters, Julia Doyle, Caroline Erhard, and Meg Doyle.
The three women were the first to testify for the defense last week in the trial that’s now in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, closing arguments are scheduled to start on Monday, November 28.
In the letter, Doyle’s daughters discussed their anger at the State of Rhode Island’s pursuit of the case.
“How much taxpayer money has the state spent on this case over the last 58 months?” they asked.
They want the state to commission an independent forensic audit to determine that price tag, from February 2012 to now. They also want to “Inform indictment-related programs such as the Hassenfeld Family Initiative and Bates College of the testimony that has come into evidence and is specifically related to those indictments.”
Below is the letter in its entirety:
Dear Taxpayers of Rhode Island:
After testifying last week to our dad’s innocence in the case launched by the State of Rhode Island in February 2012, we took our seats behind the defense and glanced to our right. Seated there were six or seven individuals on the State of Rhode Island payroll, all part of the prosecution team. An obvious question came to mind: since the now imprisoned Gordon Fox called for an investigation of our dad in February 2012, how much taxpayer money has the state spent on this case over the last 58 months?
In the past week, we have derived great joy in listening to witness after witness confirm what we always knew, the innocence of our dad. It would be impossible to capture in this letter our rage at what the State of Rhode Island has done to our dad, our family, and thousands of scholar-athletes and scholar-artists. But this matter, and many others, will be addressed in a variety of forums in the future. So, too, will be the real fact that embezzling relates not merely to stealing money, but to stealing years of precious life, years that can never be retrieved.
Today, we respectfully make two immediate requests of the State of Rhode Island:
- Commence with an independent forensic audit, discerning the amount of taxpayer dollars expended on the case to-date, beginning in February 2012.
- Inform indictment-related programs such as the Hassenfeld Family Initiative and Bates College of the testimony that has come into evidence and is specifically related to those indictments.
A famous Voltaire quote will be inextricably bound to this case forever: “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”
The Dan Doyle Daughters