UPDATE: Sponsors Say they Grew Suspcious of Butler's Charity Work

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
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UPDATE: Weds 5:39 PM, Nov. 27, 2013

A local company that once sponsored a golf tournament for Leroy Butler's charity says they cut ties with him long before an investigation began into his foundation.

Weston based K-Tech Kleening was just one local company that sponsored the Leroy Butler Golf Outing from 2005 until 2008.

President Craig Kersemeier says he and the other sponsors eventually decided to cut ties with the former Packers player after they say they found discrepancies in the foundations finances. He says Butler was not able to provide a satisfactory explanation. When they tried to ask him about it, Butler never provided them with any of the financial information they requested.

"He said don't worry, I will send you some information. That information never came. " Kersemeier said.

K-Tech and the other businesses continue to run a golf outing to benefit breast cancer research, however they are no longer affiliated with Butler or his foundation.

"We didnt have all the facts. We did our part to ask them and they wouldnt provide it. He said they will be sent to you, they will be sent to you, everything is fine, don't worry about it. Our greatest mistake is probably that we trusted somebody too much. "

K-Tech and the other businesses continue to run a golf outing to benefit breast cancer research, however they are no longer affiliated with Butler or his foundation.

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UPDATE: Tues 5:03 PM, Nov. 26, 2013

Leroy Butler's charity work is at the center of a federal criminal investigation.

The IRS is investigating why the former Green Bay Packer had been raising money in Wisconsin for a decade, but only filed with the agency one time.

The Leroy Butler foundation hasn't filed with the IRS since 2002, even though the former Packer continued raising money under the organization's name through this year.

Butler did numerous fundraisers in our area over the past decade.

And at least one local business was subpoenaed to turn over any documents they had involving Butler's work - for a federal investigation.

The president of K-Tech Kleening systems Craig Kersemeier tells Newschannel 7 his company used to sponsor golf tournaments that raised money for the Butler Foundation, which was supposed to go to women fighting breast cancer. But he says they realized that much of the money being raised was never given away.

Butler told Gannett newspapers that he took appearance fees in the range of $10,000 for events his charity was involved with.

K-Tech cut ties with Butler in 2009, and formed their own charity to make sure money being raised was actually going to help fight breast cancer.

Kersemeier says he wishes he wouldn't have trusted Butler, and the true victims are those who donated their money to the charity.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 10:09 AM, Nov. 21, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The IRS is looking into former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler's charity work.

Gannett Wisconsin Media reports the agency is probing why Butler has been raising money in Wisconsin over the last decade but has made only one annual filing.

The LeRoy Butler Foundation hasn't filed with the IRS since 2002, even though Butler continued raising money under that name through this year. A scholarship fund founded in 2009 had its tax-exempt status revoked after failing to file returns by 2012. The only return on file from Butler since 2002 is a short-form 2011 filing for the fund.

Gannett Wisconsin Media reports Butler didn't respond to an email inquiry. In a Facebook posting, however, he said his foundation is conducting an independent review of compliance with federal guidelines.


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