Former Spokane non-profit employee charged with fraud
SPOKANE, Wash. — For more than five years, authorities say, a former longtime bookkeeper for Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels used an elaborate fruad and embezzlement scheme to defraud the organization.
In a statement, Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels spokesperson and Board member Rick Waldt expressed his disapointment over the incident:
“As an organization, we are deeply saddened and disappointed that this occurred. We have taken the steps to protect the organization and to move forward. This person’s alleged actions are heartbreaking and disappointing. Because of the underlying strength and health of Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, this tragic situation has not and will not impact our ability to provide services and meals to our Spokane County neighbors.”
A forensic audit performed by an outside CPA firm launched earlier this year, along with an FBI investigation, discovered numerous altered forms, tax returns, and documents, along with a significant amount of missing funds.
Upon learning and examining this information, the employee was immediately placed on suspension pending investigation and is no longer with the organization.
In June, Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels officials alerted the authorities to the alleged scheme. No other people were implicated in the theft.
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