Attorney William Lynch, a notable figure in Rhode Island politics, has decided to stop representing the embattled Institute for International Sport.
In a letter dated March 12, Lynch told the Rhode Island secretary of state's office of his resignation as the institute's registered agent. His status as the institute's agent will be terminated 30 days from March 13 — the day the office received the letter, and the institute has to register a new agent to ensure that it can continue to operate.
Institute Executive Director Daniel Doyle Jr., of West Hartford, had no comment about Lynch's resignation Wednesday, and Lynch could not be reached for comment.
The institute is a Rhode Island-based nonprofit organization that runs programs for teenagers, including last year's World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit in Connecticut. It is dealing with financial problems, failed real estate ventures and a government audit over its use of a $575,000 grant.
The audit report issued by Rhode Island's acting state auditor says the institute could not show how it spent the grant money. Rhode Island State Police are currently investigating the institute's finances, including whether Doyle used the nonprofit's funds for personal use, such as paying part of his daughter's college tuition.
Lynch is the former chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Committee, and he was inducted into the institute's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 for his accomplishments as a student-athlete while at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
William Lynch is the brother of former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch, who has been affiliated with the institute for years.
In the 1990s, Patrick Lynch worked for the institute's Belfast United program in Ireland, which helped bring Protestants and Catholics together through sports. He also sits on the institute's executive committee for the World Scholar-Athlete Games and briefly worked for the institute when he left his job as attorney general last year.
Like his brother, Patrick Lynch was also inducted into the institute's Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a student-athlete at Brown University in Rhode Island and was inducted in 2006.
As a result of William Lynch's letter, the Rhode Island secretary of state's office notified two individuals of the resignation: Michael Healy, of Ireland, and Walter O'Malley, of Stow, Mass.
Healy is listed on the institute's 2011 annual report as president of the nonprofit's board of directors, while O'Malley is listed as secretary and treasurer.
In late February, Healy denied that he ever served on the board and said he never made the statements attributed to him in press releases issued on behalf of the institute by the RDW Group. The RDW Group is a Rhode Island public relations firm owned by Doyle's brother, Michael.
Doyle had no comment regarding Healy, but RDW said including Healy in the releases appeared to be an error and that it was the information the company was provided with at the time.
About a week later, RDW said it no longer represented the institute.
O'Malley hasn't returned The Courant's phone calls.
Staff Writer Matthew Kauffman contributed to this story.