From the New York Daily News we learn that:
Yolanda Vitulli allegedly paid more than $60,000 in Tender Care Human Services funds to at least three housekeepers who were actually caring for Vitulli's four children — ranging in age from 5 to 26 — cooking their meals, doing laundry, and cleaning her Merrick, L.I., home, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Vitulli's oldest child, a son, is autistic.
One housekeeper told the FBI that although she interviewed for a job at Tender Care in Jamaica, she never worked there and actually moved into Vitulli's basement.
Another employee told the feds that she was required to care for Vitulli's father, too, and authorized to drive an SUV owned by the nonprofit to commute to work.
Vitulli, 52, was released on $200,000 bail. Her defense lawyer Paul Martin declined to comment on the disturbing charges.
You will note that this is a federal case. According to the Chicago Tribune, Tinder Care Human Services "received roughly $3 million a year in federal and state Medicaid funding". And, Ms. Vitulli "helped run the organization between January 2001 and May 2016."
So, over a 16-year period, the executive managed to steal about $3500 a year. This of course is not a huge theft and one which could easily be kept below the radar of a board finance committee especially considering an annual budget of at least $3 million. So today's question is not: where was the board? but instead, what could the board have done to prevent this theft in addition to activities that may or may not have been sanctioned (like permitting the use of a vehicle to support the Exec)? I think you will find an article from Blue Avocado helpful. Here's the link: http://www.blueavocado.org/content/nonprofit-embezzlement-more-common-and-more-preventable-you-think.