AP audit reveals charity executive’s $1 million embezzlement scheme

Nonprofit organization Goodwill, which is funded by a network of retail thrift stores, recently uncovered embezzlement after conducting an accounts payable audit.

It was discovered that charity executive Ronald Partee had submitted fraudulent bills, invoices, and letters to trick employees in the accounts payable department between 2007 and last year. Additionally, Partee collected tuition reimbursements for two law schools that he never actually attended and took Goodwill retirees' insurance premium checks for himself, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

"He constructed an impressive web of deceit that involved fake businesses, false documents and even the use of an 800 number to dupe Goodwill," Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bodenhausen told the news source.

Since the fraud was uncovered, a new system of checks and balances have been put in place, according to Lewis Chartock, president and CEO of Goodwill. Additional policies have also been implemented, such as the practice of making tuition reimbursement payments to educational institutions rather than employees themselves.

Partee, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering in January, was sentenced to 70 months in prison, according to the news source. He owes the company more than $1.1 million. 

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