Former bookkeeper being investigated for fraud at non-profit agency

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In a newly released police report, the nonprofit agency, People Against Rape, says it discovered possible misuse of money three months after their bookkeeper quit her job.

She resigned in February of last year and she's now being accused of fraud.

PAR's board chairman claims the former bookkeeper, a 49 year old woman, failed to pay rent, withholding taxes and workmen's compensation premiums.

Three hundred thousand dollars worth of grant money has been cut off from People Against Rape because of the alleged fraud.

Eight employees and three part-timers have been let go from the organization.

PAR's board chairman says the Department of Public Safety, the agency in charge of the grant money, reimbursed PAR for those unpaid bills.

The incident report states the former bookkeeper is under investigation for "possibly diverting funds from PAR for her personal gain." PAR Board Chairman Michael Roach says he went down to Florida and confronted the former employee, but she denied any wrongdoing.

Seven of the laid off workers are volunteering their time to assist rape victims. North Charleston police are investigating and the IRS is also involved in the investigation.

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