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Nonprofits’ Spending under Cloud

1/19/2016, 4:57 p.m.
Roy Jay, a prominent African American business leader and community advocate, is firing back against an Oregon Department of Justice ...
Entrepreneur and Portland civic leader Roy Jay is synonymous with success in the Rose City. Once considered a prime candidate for mayor, the accomplished Jay is quick to share his insights and open doors for the next generation. Photo by Mark Washington

Roy Jay, a prominent African American business leader and community advocate, is firing back against an Oregon Department of Justice investigation to determine if he unlawfully profited from the non-profit groups he headed.

A spokesperson, R. Weldon Woodruff, issued a statement on behalf of Jay on Friday, claiming “a conspiracy to discredit one of Portland’s hardest working business and community ambassadors.”

State investigators are trying to determine if there was an inappropriate use of funds for Jay’s tax-exempt Independent Development Enterprise Alliance, an umbrella organization for his African American Chamber of Commerce, Project Clean Slate and Ride Connection’s shuttle program, the Portland Tribune reported.

Jay, through an attorney, Charles Paternoster, denied any wrongdoing.