Dan Doyle

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Dan Doyle, who was sentenced last week to serve seven years in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from the Institute for International Sport, a non-profit housed at the University of Rhode Island, is asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to be released on bail pending the appeal of his criminal conviction.

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Doyle was convicted in December of last year of embezzling more than half a million dollars from the nonprofit organization, the Institute for International Sport.

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The embezzlement trial of Dan Doyle now moves into the sentencing phase, following a guilty verdict on all counts Monday. One of Doyle's attorneys says an appeal is likely, because of Doyle’s vocal and unwavering insistence on his innocence, and his belief that he would be vindicated in court.

Doyle Convicted Of All Embezzlement, Forgery Charges

Dec 5, 2016
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A jury has convicted Institute for International Sport founder Dan Doyle of all 18 charges, including embezzlement and forgery.

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After  another day of deliberations, still no verdict in the embezzlement trial of Dan Doyle, founder of the Institute for International Sport.

The jury left the Washington County Court at about 3 p.m. on Friday and was scheduled to return Monday morning.

Doyle faces 18 counts, including forgery and embezzlement. Prosecutors tried to build a case that he pocketed thousands of dollars for personal use from his nonprofit institute, headquartered at the University of Rhode Island.

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There’s still no verdict in the trial of Dan Doyle, who faces 18 counts of embezzlement and forgery, stemming from his time as the head of the Institute for International sport. The nonprofit organization, which hosted the World Scholar-Athlete Games, was the beneficiary of state grants.

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Opening arguments are scheduled to get underway Wednesday in the trial of Dan Doyle, founder and director of the Institute for International Sport.

The organization, which Doyle started in 1986, hosted a variety of international sports conferences for young people, including the scholar-athlete games. Housed at the University of Rhode Island, the institute was also the recipient of thousands of dollars of legislative grants.

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Jury selection started Monday in the trial of Dan Doyle, who faces charges of embezzlement and other crimes. The accusations stem from Doyle’s role as founder and director of the Institute for International Sport.

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Dan Doyle, who faces a September trial on 18 counts related to the Institute for International Sport, held a news conference Thursday to say he's been unfairly maligned by the media and to assert that he'll be vindicated by his trial.

Doyle's lawyer, Chip Muller, began the discussion by recounting the work of the institute, which was founded in 1986 "to use sport and the arts as mediums to forge meaningful ties on a global scale and to address critical social issues."

The head of the troubled Institute for International Sport was arraigned on 18 counts in Superior Court Friday.

Dan Doyle, of Connecticut, was charged after an investigation that began in February 2012. The probe followed media reports that the Institute for International Sport housed at URI was unable to fully account for state funding it had received.

Doyle faces seven counts of embezzlement, five counts each of forgery and filing a false document, and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses.