In February of this year, Alston told reporters that his home had been the subject of a raid carried out by federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Alston claimed that he had been questioned by authorities about $3 million that he had supposedly been offered by Republicans and whether his organization had been the target of any extortion attempts. At the time of the raid, Rev. Charles Harrison, the head of the Ten Point Coalition, attacked the raid as a "Democratic witch hunt" aimed at a Republican mayor because of the group's support for Ballard's re-election in 2011.
A few years ago, Alston pleaded guilty to criminal confinement charges for allegations of sexual misconduct towards women who applied for jobs funded, in part, from crime prevention grant money provided to his organization by the Ballard administration. Questions arose about Alston violating the terms of his probation in 2010 when he showed up at a meeting of concerned clergy attended by Mayor Ballard at a time when he was supposed to still be on home detention from his guilty plea. IMPD Chief Rick Hite came under fire in 2012 when it was disclosed that he had written a letter of support for Alston to a Marion County judge for his probation hearing.
UPDATE: The IBJ adds a few more details:
The organization's purported mission is to help at-risk youth, but prosecutors allege Alston used much of the money intended for the group for personal gain. The organization won financial support from the city via crime-prevention grants as well as private dollars from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
An investigator digging into Alston's financials found Alston received $128,844 from Save the Youth from 2008 to 2009. Of that amount, $45,248 is undocumented as to why Alston received the money. The bank accounts also show cash deposits of more than $56,000 in which the source of cash is unknown.
Bank records for 2010-2012 were not available, filing documents say . . .
“This investigation determined that Byron Q. Alston formed the organization Save The Youth that was suppose (sic) to help at risk youth,” according to court documents in the Marion Superior Court. “Alston applied for grants that were supposed to be used for a specific purpose but documents showed that most of the grant money was used by Alston for his own personal gain.”