COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A review released by Ohio State University on Thursday identified $336,000 in donations and pledges that the university received from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation, a sum the school said it was donating immediately to fight human trafficking.
All the donations went to the Wexner Center for the Arts, a campus museum bearing the family name of billionaire L Brands Leslie Wexner, who employed Epstein as his personal money manager in the late 1980s. An earlier review had found no evidence that Epstein influenced the fiscal operations of Wexner’s multi-million-dollar charitable foundation during their association.
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EY, the national accounting firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, examined Ohio State fundraising documents dating back to before 1980, real estate transactions, and treasury and investment records. Its examiners were given access to historical documents maintained by the Wexner Center and the university’s Office of Advancement, as well as to university archives, the school said in a statement.
The review found the arts center received $260,000 from the J. Epstein Foundation from 1990 to 1997. One additional document put the value of his gifts at $335,000, but accountants could not confirm the additional $75,000 pledge was ever received.