Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nonprofit Fraud: Salvation Army, again


by Gary Snyder
A former bookkeeper for the Salvation Army in Santa Rosa joins a growing list (see: http://nonprofitimperative.blogspot.com/2012/11/nonprofit-fraud-is-salvation-army.htmlof employees lining their pockets from the Christian charity. Investigators believe the bookkeeper took the money from a “Season of Sharing” fund that provides emergency cash to people who need help covering bills during times of need. She worked about a year at the charity and is suspected of stealing $50,000 during that time.
Police allege that she cut checks for herself as well as family members and friends who then cashed the checks on her behalf. The bookkeeper told others the checks were payroll advances. She appeared to have used the money to pay bills and forged checks to pay rent.
Officers arrested her at her home on suspicion of grand theft and forgery. She was later released on $25,000 bail.





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