AP uncovers $900,000 theft from nonprofit organization

The ex-chief executive officer of a York County, Main-based non profit company pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement after an accounts payable audit revealed he had stolen more than $900,000 from his former employer.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports that Thomas Nelson served as head of the York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC), an organization that provides low-income area residents with transportation, utility and educational services. Nelson worked for the company for 21 years, but it was discovered that he embezzled the funds between 2004 and 2010. After he left the organization, he served as the executive administrator for New Hampshire-based Rockingham Community Action, another nonprofit company that offers resources for low-income individuals and families. Rockingham officials say there was no evidence of theft during Nelson's employment, which ended in late July, reports the news source.

Nelson is accused of making overpayments from YCCAC's accounts to consulting companies that gave him kickbacks, according to the Portland Press Herald. He also fraudulently diverted funds to a now-defunct company for which he had previously served as treasurer. Prosecutors allege that Nelson used the embezzled money to pay his credit card and mortgage bills, states the newspaper.

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