Bryan Cohen Jan. 23, 2014, 3:27pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced on Tuesday that his office will file a civil complaint against the executive director of the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation for allegedly using charitable funds for personal expenses.

Muriel Hurley-Carter allegedly misused significant charitable funds for her personal gain, including payments to a personal credit card account, cash withdrawals and purchases related to personal expenses. The lawsuit seeks civil penalties against Hurley-Carter for each alleged violation and the forfeiture of any misappropriated funds.

"The fact that funds intended to benefit needy scholarship recipients were apparently used to support someone's personal lifestyle is simply unacceptable," Jepsen said. "We will be looking to hold Muriel Hurley-Carter accountable for those actions."

The lawsuit also seeks a permanent injunction against Hurley-Carter that would prohibit her from holding any directorship, office or position of employment or any other association with a Connecticut charitable organization in which she would have control of funds.

Jepsen's office will also file a separate action that seeks the dissolution of the existing foundation after its assets were allegedly depleted improperly. The lack of assets resulted in the cessation of the organization's core corporate mission.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will establish a new Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund to honor Walter "Doc" Hurley's name and legacy.

"This is a highly unfortunate situation, but one of our hopes since commencing our investigation was for Doc Hurley's legacy to be preserved for the community," Jepsen said. "I'm pleased that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has stepped forward to help continue his good works."

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