One board member is now in jail and hopefully the nonprofit that experienced the loss had theft insurance. Stories like this are sadly not so isolated. Sadly, when the board's not watching, likely because that same board is too busy volunteering versus governing, theft is more likely. The thieving board member failed his duty of care but what about the rest of the board? By not having checks & balances in place, the loss was theirs. By not paying attention to the bottom line, little did they know or so it appears.
Here's the Philadelphia Inquirer story.
An official of an Allegheny County animal shelter is headed to jail for stealing $19,000 from the nonprofit and using it to buy diamond earrings, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other items for his girlfriend.
President Judge Susan Peikes Gantman rejected Sabolcik's argument that a mistrial should have been declared when his case went to a jury in 2015.
The thefts came to light in January 2014 after Ina Jean Marton, founder of the no-kill shelter, reported financial irregularities and found a second, unauthorized bank account for the shelter that was accessible only to Sabolcik.
Sabolcik, 36, used the money to purchase tickets to an arena football game, a motocross show and a ski resort, and for meals at restaurants and bars, prosecutors said. In addition, he bought his girlfriend — who was a shelter volunteer — ski equipment and window blinds for her house and helped to repair her car. He also used shelter cash to purchase health insurance, which the organization didn't provide, the story reported.