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Exclusive: Embezzlement accusations rock Atlanta-based frat

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Omega Psi Phi has more than 700 chapters and is more than 100 years old. Tens of thousands have pledged their allegiance and financial donations to the brotherhood, but where some of the money has been going has been called into question.            

The CBS46 Bulldog learned of an internal embezzlement scandal, which has largely remained secret until now.

"Stealing of money and misuse of credit cards...taking money from dues and using it for personal purposes," so says Randall Griffin, a brother blowing the whistle.

"A lot of people may feel I have an axe to grind," he says. "Which I could say I feel I do."

He was an accountant for the fraternity up until 2012 when he says he flagged unauthorized charges by a frat leader, such as two handbags totaling $1,300.
    
"I indicated to them I thought there was theft occurring. I named whom I thought it was, presented documentation for it, [and] the very next day I was placed on suspension," Griffin says.

And banished soon after, he says. 

But according to internal documents provided by a source, and a police report, it appears questionable spending, and by others too, continued for the next five years, misused funds totaling in the thousands of dollars.

That police report was filed by the current executive director in 2017, but the public information officer for the DeKalb County Police Department told us the fraternity has not provided the evidence needed to further the case, which remains open.

We made multiple attempts to speak with the current executive director to give him an opportunity to respond to this story.

He refused.

We even showed up at the fraternity's annual convention and once again asked to speak with him.

No one could find him.  

This, as thousands of his members -- many unaware of the crisis of trust -- mingled about.     

"We have an organization that is dear to me and to a great number of other brothers, and we need to get the corruption out of it," said Griffin.

Omega Psi Phi's legal counsel, Michael Lyles, did speak to us by phone and claimed they have been cooperative with police. He also acknowledged an internal review of misuse of funds, the basis of this story.

Finally, we obtained an internal compliance report which appears to show in detail years of accusations of financial irregularities, some of which has cost the fraternity tens of thousands of dollars in losses. That document also appears to validate the allegations made by Mr. Griffin in this report.

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