Central Okanagan Hospice director confirms investigation into missing money is underway
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July 06, 2017 - 2:26 PM
KELOWNA – The executive director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association has issued a statement addressing allegations that more than $180,000 has gone missing from their books over the past three years.
Global Okanagan reported late last week they obtained documents revealing that the non-profit organization incurred more than $81,000 in bad debt in 2015, $62,000 in bad debt in 2016 and another $37,000 this year already.
Financial statements obtained by Global say personal expenditures were sometimes recorded as expenses of the Association and “reclassified as bad debts.”
Executive director Natasha Girard confirmed in a media release sent today, July 6, that after an annual audit “it was suspected monies may have been misappropriated” prior to their fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.
“The COHA Board of Directors voted to retain a forensic investigator to investigate the matter further and submitted our findings to the RCMP who have undertaken an investigation,” she says. “At this time, we cannot comment any further because we do not want to jeopardize the ongoing RCMP investigation.”
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