Last April, I wrote about the allegations made about misstatements found in Greg Mortenson’s books and allegations about misuse of funds from his charities, both Central Asia Institute (CAI) and Pennies for Peace. See: Three Cups of Pennies.
The Montana Attorney General has concluded a year long investigation into Mortenson and CAI. The result? Financial mismanagement, with Mortenson having to pay CAI $1 million dollars. Jon Krakauer, who broke the story, updated his Byliner article (Three Cups of Deceit) with the news (he has been updating throughout the year). Krakauer also provides a link to the actual report by the Montana AG, for those so inclined to read it as opposed to reading people (like me!) just talking about it. I continue to be both impressed and appalled at CAI’s inability to “reign in” Mortenson, his spending, and his accounting. From the AG report, as quoted by Krakauer: “It is, however, one more example of an organization that is controlled by people with personal affinity for, and loyalty to, Mortenson.”
In addition to the ordered reimbursement, CAI was ordered to increase it’s board members; get all new board members; and, while retaining Mortenson, change his role/position within the organization.
Additional reports: “Three Cups” Author to Stay with Charity He Founded at New York Times; Greg Mortenson, “Three Cups of Tea” Author, to Repay Charity at New York Times.