Verdict in: Jury finds Dan Doyle guilty on all 18 counts

By: The Associated Press

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – The founder of a Rhode Island-based sport institute has been convicted of embezzlement.              

Institute for International Sport founder Dan Doyle, a former college basketball coach and boxing promoter for Sugar Ray Leonard, was convicted by a jury Monday of 18 counts, including embezzlement, forgery and obtaining money under false pretenses.             

Prosecutors said the 67-year-old Doyle, of West Hartford, Connecticut, used the institute as a piggybank, taking more than $1 million to pay for things including his children’s college tuition, one daughter’s wedding expenses and plastic surgery.              

He was also accused of forging the signatures of two board presidents, including Alan Hassenfeld, the former CEO of Hasbro Inc.    

Doyle’s lawyer argued that he didn’t do anything criminal.         

The trial in Washington County Superior Court lasted two months.

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