When helping local communities, many organizations are praised for their efforts. However, for the ex-leader of a food bank in West Virginia, there was no goodwill as the former manager was found to have embezzled funds from the program’s accounts.
According to The Associated Press, Leigh Anne Zappin served as the head of the Huntington Area Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia, for two years, from late 2010 to October 2012. After an accounts payable audit revealed evidence of embezzlement, Zappin left her position. The news source states that she was recently arrested and charged with one count of embezzlement along with eight counts of forgery for her illegal activity.
Zappin is accused of writing unauthorized checks from the food bank’s accounts, reports the Herald-Dispatch. In total, she embezzled approximately $22,820 from the organization, forging eight checks and cashing them to use the money to pay for personal purchases. She has been indicted on the charges and is awaiting trial.
The source writes that the Huntington Area Food Bank serves 17 counties within Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Each year, the program processes around $900,000 in cash donations on top of grants and funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other organizations.