Thursday, October 13, 2011

Museum of the Waxhaws follow-up

This is extremely belated on my part, but the Union County Weekly ran a follow up to the investigation into the Museum of the Waxhaws. (I blogged about this here, here, here, and here.)

The Cliff's Note version: the Secretary of State has closed its investigation into the Museum of the Waxhaws, but forwarded the complaints onto the Attorney General, so apparently there was enough differences between the tax documents and the complaints that they felt the need to pass it along to the Attorney General. Or at least that's the way I read it.

For example, this snippets below suggests that at the very least not all the required financial information was included on their tax forms that should have been:
Union County Weekly obtained copies of both written complaints and the investigation report. The first complaint, dated April 6, pointed out that the Andrew Jackson Historical Society, the parent group that operates the museum, had two significant grants provided to them in excess of $200,000, as well as several smaller grants. Yet in the six day investigation that followed, department officials said they couldn’t find any evidence the museum had received state funds.


Proctor said the investigators missed that information because it wasn’t listed in the museum’s 990 tax return for those years.

“The 990 forms didn’t specify any grant money,” Proctor said. “(The investigators) were just able to look over what we received from the nonprofit.”
If anyone gleaned any other information from this article, feel free to share. I'm not ashamed to admit this is all a little confusing to me.

I've yet to hear any definitive results as to whether the Attorney General felt the need to pursue an investigation or not. If I hear anything more definitive, I will pass it along.

For what it's worth, apparently four complaints were made against the Museum of the Waxhaws, one of them originating from the since terminated Scott Farb.

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