James O’Keefe Under Investigation

James O’Keefe, the founder of the investigative organization Project Veritas, now finds himself under investigation by a New York prosecutor’s office over accusations that he mistreated workers and mishandled money from the company.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office is probing O’Keefe after his ouster from Project Veritas in February, as One America News (OAN) reported.

“We don’t talk about how we start our investigations,” the Westchester County District Attorney’s director of public affairs, Jin Whang, said, according to The Nation. “But if you want confirmation that we were and are, then yes. We can confirm that.”

News of the investigation was first reported by The Nation.

According to the Project Veritas board, O’Keefe spent “an excessive amount of donor funds in the last three years on personal luxuries.”

The board accused O’Keefe of spending $60,000 for “dance events,” adding that the former CEO would allocate “$14,000 on a charter flight to meet someone to fix his boat under the guise of meeting with a donor.”

O’Keefe’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman blamed the probe on “disgruntled former employees of Project Veritas who had a problem with their CEO using too many car services to pay for fundraising efforts which paid their salaries.”

“We were told by the new Project Veritas CEO that the investigation had ended,” Lichtman said. “If it’s not, we will crush it in court,” according to the Associated Press.

Project Veritas’ CEO, Hannah Giles, said the company did not investigate the Westchester District Attorney’s office over its probe of O’Keefe.

“Project Veritas did not initiate any potential investigation the Westchester DA’s office may be conducting with respect to James O’Keefe. However, PV cooperates with the authorities as required by law,” Giles said, according to the AP.

O’Keefe founded Project Veritas in 2010. The company is known for its investigations into corrupt institutions in the U.S.

In May 2022, the organization filed a lawsuit against its former CEO, accusing him of violating his contract with “incredibly troubling workplace and financial misconduct,” including screaming at workers, exposing employees, and having staffers run personal errands for him, according to the AP.