Internal probe at Nosotros

One year after the Attorney General’s office found no wrongdoing within its ranks, the board of directors of Nosotros is conducting an in-house investigation into charges of possible misconduct regarding funds for the annual Golden Eagle awards.

The charges have apparently come from a former employee, who is also being investigated by police on allegations that he stole documents from Frank Nanoia, producer of the awards for the past six years.

The board has asked Nanoia and Nosotros president Mark Allen Trujillo to temporarily step down from their positions while it conducts its investigation.

Another backlash from the allegations has been the voluntary resignation of David Dantes, who has served as Nosotros’ legal counsel and parliamentarian for several years.

Dantes said he stepped down because he was angered at the board’s reaction, given that they took steps without first seeking legal advice.

“To my knowledge, no one has seen any proof of these allegations,” Dantes said on Friday.

The brouhaha got started after Nanoia reportedly refused to give vacation pay to his former secretary when the person quit. Sources say they believe the disgruntled former employee stole bookkeeping records for the Golden Eagle Awards and then approached the board, charging that Nanoia was using Nosotros’ funds to pay personal bills.

The board is looking into the charges with the help of Nanoia and Trujillo, a Nosotros spokesman said.

The group has been investigated by outside agencies on four occasions, with all investigations showing no wrongdoing. The last investigation, completed in September 1991, found that the org was in compliance with the state’s income-reporting requirements.

“Frank has been with Nosotros for 10 years, he’s been producing the Golden Eagle awards since 1987, he’s had no problem with all of these audits,” Dantes said. “If an organization is audited four out of five years, why would anyone think of misappropriating funds in the sixth year? What is it that our enemies think they know?”

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