Embezzlement can happen in any industry. Though many people may think these incidents occur more often in white-collar contexts, any organization that pays vendors and workers needs to be vigilant. One way to do so is by using audit solutions to take stock of the accuracy of financial records. By frequently looking over these logs, companies can prevent abuse.
According to the Charleston Gazette, the former treasurer for both the Institute Volunteer Fire Department in West Virginia and the Kanawha chapter of the West Virginia State Alumni Association, pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement. An AP audit revealed that Ethel Andrews had been writing checks to herself from the organizations' accounts, totaling more than $60,000.
Andrews claimed to have been duped by a scam promising to pay her $5 million if she invested in two companies, Global International and Worldwide Sweepstakes, which had been calling her since 2006. Once she spent her savings, she began to dip into accounts at work.
She will spend the next two years on probation.
Investigations have also started for a similar situation involving a North Carolina fire department worker. A North Topsail Beach deputy fire chief was accused of embezzling more than $61,000 from the community's volunteer fire department. The Jacksonville Daily News reported George Moore had served as the treasurer of the North Topsail Beach Volunteer Fire Department Local Firefighters Relief Fund and may have used his position to steal funds from associated accounts, an AP audit revealed.