Mass. AG suing former president of non-profit school

By Bryan Cohen | Apr 25, 2014

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a lawsuit on Wednesday against the former president of a Falmouth-based non-profit educational institution for allegedly breaching his fiduciary duty to the school.

Robert Gee, the former president and CEO of the National Graduate School For Quality Management Inc., allegedly collected excessive compensation and other benefits from the school. Gee allegedly received a level of compensation that was not comparable with those of his peers nor was it reasonable given the assets, size or complexity of the school. He allegedly created multiple compensation agreements with the school without the knowledge or approval of the school's board of directors.

"We allege that Gee has continually abused his position as the head of this non-profit organization by collecting an exorbitant salary for years, as well as receiving other lavish perks totaling millions of dollars," Coakley said. "This extreme breach of trust has been detrimental to the school, whose financial stability has been significantly damaged."

The lawsuit seeks to have Gee return the allegedly excessive compensation he received to NGS and reimburse the school for money he used to make purchases for his permanent benefit. The suit also seeks to prohibit Gee from serving in any position of authority in any other public charity in Massachusetts.

Coakley also announced a separate agreement with the school and its board of directors that requires a change in leadership and imposes regular reporting requirements.

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