Concerned Catholics of Guam FOIA Kamalen Karidat’s tax filings

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“CCOG believes that funds were used for personal and other purposes by Archbishop Apuron, not at all related to Kamalen Karidat’s mission of helping the poor.” – CCOG President David Sablan.

Guam – Yesterday evening, Archbishop Michael Byrnes released a statement quelling concerns of financial mismanagement at Kamalen Karidat.

The nonprofit organization was founded in 1993 under the Archdiocese of Agana and has served the most vulnerable in the island community, particularly our homeless population. But Kamalen Karidat has since been called into question after concerns were raised about accounting and management of funds under the leadership of Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Deacon Frank Tenorio.

The concerns stemmed from a formal letter dated last October addressed to the Archdiocese of Agana from the Concerned Catholics of Guam.

The release from CCOG reads:

“Kamalen Karidat (KK) should be investigated for possible fraudulent activities.  At the center of all this are Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Deacon Frank Tenorio. People contributed money to help the poor per KK’s articles of incorporation.  But it seems the funds were used for other purposes not entirely for the poor. “

Archbishop Byrnes announced yesterday that he and newly appointed KK Director Father Mike Crisostomo met with CCOG President David Sablan last Wednesday.

Archbishop Byrnes writes: “I would like to address and assure the faithful, donors, supporters, especially the poor and homeless who are being served and the community in general that although the Archdiocese of Agana is addressing serious concerns regarding Kamalen Karidat ministries…we are continuing our services to the poor and homeless under the auspices of the Chancery.”

In an interview with Newstalk K-57’s Patti On the Radio, Father Mike Crisostomo, shares what the process has been after the allegations surfaced:

“The legal counsels advice has deemed it necessary to call the board for KK together to make them aware of [the allegations] so that the board can take action. That’s why the Archdiocese has pulled the ministries out from KK so that it’s now operating from under the offices of the Archdiocese so that we can continue the ministries without interruption,” Crisostomo explains.

Meanwhile, Sablan filed a notice requesting the income tax filings of Kamalen Karidat from the Department of Revenue and Taxation. The files he’s requesting spans as far back as the year 1994.

Sablan tells media: “CCOG believes that funds were used for personal and other purposes by Archbishop Apuron, not at all related to Kamalen Karidat’s mission of helping the poor. So, we will start with requesting to see the form 990 filed with the Department of Revenue and Taxation.  This will indicate how much was received each year and where those funds were spent.”

Archbishop Byrnes has instructed the legal counsel of Kamalen Karidat to notice a board meeting to discuss these serious matters, after such time he says he will inform the public.