A March of Dimes employee is being charged with fraud after a reported $800,000 was stolen from the charity over the course of 8 years.
Karima Manji, a 50-year old woman and long-time March of Dimes employee, faces charges of fraud over $5,000, uttering forged documents, theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. The property manager for the charity, Manji is scheduled to appear in Ontario courts on December 22nd to face her charges.
Spokespeople for the charity are scrambling to do damage control for their public relations, and have addressed the concerns to their donors.
“Controls were deficient at the time, we didn’t have enough resources for the segregation of financial duties,” said President of March of Dimes Canada Andria Spindel. “As a result of the audit, we’ve tightened controls … we contracted out property management to a private company.” Spindel also went on to say that she has received numerous complaints and concerns from donors, and has assured their donors that there will be no “long-term damage”.
In light of this story, does this raise concerns for you that other charities may be suffering from the same fate?
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