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Stamford Partner Stanley Twardy Jr. Quoted by the Associated Press: "Fairfield Univ. Audit Finds Haiti Gifts Unaccounted For"

Publisher: Associated Press
February 19, 2010

Connecticut's Fairfield University cannot account for $120,000 intended for a school in Haiti. The money is part of $776,000 raised from 1997 to 2008 at the Jesuit school for what was called Project Pierre Toussaint.

The university released the results February 17 following a five-month investigation. The report detailed problems with the handling of the money by a former chaplain.

Stanley A. Twardy Jr., a former U.S. attorney for Connecticut and a partner in Day Pitney, a Stamford law firm hired to investigate the school's financial involvement in Project Pierre Toussaint, said funding at the chapel was autonomous.

[The chaplain] told donors he cashed their checks, rather than wiring or otherwise sending the money to Haiti, because the "banking system is so rudimentary we need money down there," Twardy said.

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