Recovery audit finds perpetrator responsible for paying back embezzled funds

A recent recovery audit found that more than $9,200 had been embezzled from a Salvation Army church in New Philadelphia, Ohio, according to The New Philadelphia Times-Reporter.

"The conspirators of this scheme are responsible for the reimbursement of the stolen funds," said Salvation Army major Deborah Sedlar, in a statement quoted by the news source. "Until we receive repayment, our insurance company will compensate the local Salvation Army unit … so we may continue to provide the emergency social services that are so desperately needed."

Police Chief Jeff Urban told WTUZ-TV in August that an accounts payable audit had been launched following reports that a female employee had been misappropriating funds. An internal investigation prompted by the embezzlement led to a restructuring of the Dover-New Philadelphia headquarters that resulted in lieutenant Scott Duperree and his wife, Jessica, recently taking over.

WTUZ reports that the embezzlement had been occurring since August 2010. The initial AP audit indicated that $8,870 had been misappropriated, a total which rose to $9,265 after a more thorough investigation.  

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