State sues Golden Temple


The Oregon Attorney General has filed a lawsuit for $17 million against the Eugene-based natural foods company Golden Temple.

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The Oregon Attorney General has filed a lawsuit for $17 million against natural foods company Golden Temple.

Attorney General John Kroger’s lawsuit accuses Golden Temple managers of using nonprofit assets for private gain.

The suit requests damages of $17 million for the nonprofit organizations alleged to be harmed by the managers’ actions. It seeks the removal of the four managers of “Unto Infinity,” chosen by Yogi Bhajan to oversee the community’s businesses and nonprofit organizations after his death in 2004. It also requests that a receiver be appointed until new management is installed, to reduce the risk of transfer of other assets dedicated to charitable purposes, such as the Sikh community’s Yogi Tea business or Akal Security, its security business based in Española, N.M.

Attorney General spokesman Tony Green said it’s “not unusual for the attorney general to investigate and, if necessary, initiate legal action … when we’ve uncovered what we believe are violations of Oregon law.”

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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