Tonight, at a meeting of the Democratic Party of SL, group organizer Justin Duell accused fellow Democratic organizer Jose Rote (pictured here) of absconding with funds collected from group members. According to Justin:
Jose Rote began a fund drive to gather the L$ to buy a plot of land for our HQ. Alot of people contributed… The money was collected by Jose personally. Needless to say, all of the notices concerning everything related to his efforts have been deleted; and Jose himself has been out of contact…. So, as it has been so long, it’s safe to assume that they managed to pull a fast one.
So it sounds like a bunch of money was collected and then nothing was done with it. I hope that this is simply a matter of the accused being caught up in some real life stuff that has kept him from logging in and re-investing the funds in a new headquarters. Still the deletion of the group notices related to this fundraising effort at the same time does look very fishy.
Duell intends to try and get the money back to the group, saying "there are possible legal proceedures to persue, and I am looking into them."
The full chat log is available here.