- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A grand jury investigating a long-delayed industrial museum at the former Bethlehem Steel site is recommending the attorney general’s office take a look at why there’s still no museum after 17 years and $18 million in fundraising.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday the grand jury didn’t find criminal wrongdoing but did find mismanagement and wasted private and public finds.

The grand jury said around $2 million was spent on maintaining the building donated for the would-be museum and $15 million was spent on operating costs even though there’s no museum.

The report concludes museum CEO Stephen Donches should resign or be fired and the organization should consider suing him. The report says Donches has been paid $2.4 million since 2002.

Donches couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


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