Charleston Animal Society: More than $60k taken from organization

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society says they have recently discovered that $69,000 was taken from the organization over several years.

According to the society, former board president Charles Karesh wrote checks to the animal society in exchange for cash and were returned for insufficient funds.

The society claims their bookkeeper at the time hid the evidence of the returned checks.

According to a press release by the animal society, when the executive committee of the CAS Board of Directors discovered the situation, Karesh was asked to resign from the position of president and board member.

Karesh resigned in September of this year.

The animal society says an independent, third party accounting service confirmed the missing funds on Wednesday. According to animal society officials, the organization will be providing its financial records to the Charleston County auditor and will cooperate fully.

Sheriff Al Cannon has asked state law enforcement to investigate to see if criminal charges should be filed.

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