AP audit uncovers roller derby league embezzlement

A Nebraska roller derby league recently discovered one of its members had been misappropriating organization funds.

After noticing financial incongruities last October, the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls brought in a local auditor to conduct an accounts payable audit of its books, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports. The AP audit revealed that a member of the league – which is a nonprofit organization – embezzled more than $10,000. Upon receiving the findings, the Derby Girls turned the case over to local police, which forwarded a report to Cass County prosecutors earlier this month.

The misappropriation was the latest blow in a series of financial struggles for the league, which had to significantly reduce its advertising outreach this year in response to budget losses.

"We just really had to cut our expenses to pretty much nothing," said league president Donna Donley, as quoted by the news source.

In a news release, Tyia Patnaude, head of marketing and public relations for the organization, noted that the incident had encouraged the league to tighten its accounting processes in order to mitigate the potential for future embezzlement.

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