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Report: Criminal investigation underway into LeRoy Butler Foundation

LeRoy Butler (wikicommons)
LeRoy Butler (wikicommons)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A criminal investigation is reportedly taking place involving the foundation run by former Green Bay Packers' star LeRoy Butler. 

Gannett Wisconsin Media reports that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed documents connected with the LeRoy Butler Foundation. Gannett, which owns 10 daily newspapers in northeast and central Wisconsin, first reported this month that the IRS has been investigating the 45-year-old Butler. 

At some point, the inquiry reportedly expanded to include federal prosecutors.

Gannett said earlier that Butler's foundation had held charity events throughout Wisconsin over the past decade, but it only filed one required annual return -- that being in 2002. Gannett said K-Tech Kleening Systems of the Wausau area was subpoenaed in September to provide documents related to its charity work with Butler. 

The newspapers said K-Tech ran a number of charity events with Butler for several years -- but the firm cut ties with the ex-Packers' star in 2009 after learning he had not been filing reports with the IRS. 

The U.S. Attorney's office refuses to confirm or deny that an investigation is taking place. 

Butler's foundation was planning to shut down after a final fundraising trip in February -- but a travel agent told Gannett that Butler pulled out of the deal over a week ago.

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