Monday, February 6, 2012

Nonprofit Bookkeeper Arrested

Theft has been a bit of an issue at some nonprofits recently.  You can add another incident to the list after a bookkeeper organization was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars from a Houston, Tex.-based organization.

Dawn House, 31, was arrested and charged for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 in checks to the Houston chapter of The Muslim American Society.  She surrendered to authorities without incident at her home in the Houston suburb of Hallettsville.  According to police, House deposited the money into her personal bank account.  She was released from jail after posting the $20,000 bond and now awaits trial.

Theft has been a real problem for nonprofits in recent months.  A former finance director of the Girl Scouts of America's Greater New York affiliate pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 over two years.  She spent the money on various personal expenses such as jewelry and food.  In addition, a volunteer at California-based Empty Cradle was accused of embezzling $25,000.  The volunteer maintains her innocence and made her first court appearance on Jan. 21.

You can read more about this story, which appeared in the most recent edition of NPT Weekly, on our website.

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