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IRS probes charity run by former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler

LeRoy Butler (wikicommons)
LeRoy Butler (wikicommons)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The IRS is investigating a charity run by former Green Bay Packers' All-Pro safety LeRoy Butler. 

Gannett Wisconsin Media said the government wants to know why Butler only made one annual filing, even though it's been raising money for more than a decade. 

Gannett said the LeRoy Butler Foundation has not filed a report with the IRS since 2002, even though it kept raising funds through this year.

A scholarship fund started in 2009 lost its tax exempt status after Butler's foundation had not filed its returns by 2012. A short form filing from 2011 was the only one submitted for the scholarship fund. 

The 45-year-old Butler played for the Packers from 1990 through 2001, and he won a Super Bowl ring in the 1996 season.

Butler has not commented to reporters. On social media, Butler said he was doing an independent review -- and a media report made him look "money hungry" when he was only trying to help people.

Gannett published a story earlier this week about athletes' charities that don't report expenses and returns correctly. The foundation said almost a week ago it would shut down after a final fundraising cruise next February.

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