A three-month investigation into the fiscal records and management operations of the Heartland branch of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers has revealed numerous financial discrepancies, including duplicate payments and billing irregularities, according to The Ledger.
Additionally, agency records indicated that its executive director, Wayne Cross, had paid his former brother-in-law $238,000 for printing jobs without seeking bids from any other vendors.
When confronted about his business practices at a recent meeting, Cross resigned.
The agency, which offers cash rewards for anonymous tips that lead to arrests, will be headed by interim director Jodee Furlong until a new executive director is hired, the paper reports. Furlong, a sergeant from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd's office, will donate her services to prevent the loss of tips.
Another crime-related organization recently came under fire for financial mismanagement, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Indiana chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, which offers aid to families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty, was found to be overpaying its founder. It also failed to report a $1 million gift to the IRS and did not place the donation in a protected fund, against the benefactor's wishes.