Posted by egouveia73
I volunteer as a member on the board of directors at a local non-profit youth sports organization. It has come to our attention that a specific person who has been handling the funds, has not deposited all that she has collected. The amount that is missing is over $1500, is there something we can do about it? If so, can you point me in the right direction?
What a shame! You first must be able to prove that this person handling the organization’s money “stole” the $1,500. Penal code section 503 covers embezzlement which is the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted. The penalty ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the dollar amount. Have you confronted this person? Audit your records so that you can be sure that there was no mistake. There is a difference between absentmindedness and maliciousness. Does this woman still have the money in a drawer and hasn’t yet deposited it, or did she spend it on a designer handbag?
In the future, I would suggest that you have a co-signing person assigned to the money so that you can keep better controls. If you are able to prove that this woman took the money, I would urge you to file a police report in the appropriate jurisdiction.