Al­leged em­bez­zle­ments show the need for vig­i­lance

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

The Sept. 25 Morning Call car­ried two sto­ries of al­leged fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­ity — two al­leged em­bez­zle­ments, if you will, one in Har­ris­burg and one in Free­mans­burg.

State Sen. Pat Browne has a long­time friend and trea­surer of his cam­paign funds who al­legedly stole over $600,000 of those funds over the past 12 years. The other in­ci­dent in­volves a woman ac­cused of tak­ing more than $100,000 from a pri­vate busi­ness­man in Free­mans­burg.

Em­bez­zle­ment of­ten in­volves a per­son who is en­trusted with pri­vate or pub­lic funds — with­out ad­e­quate over­sight — tak­ing some of those funds for what­ever rea­son. Per­sons who are friends or have been on the job for many years are not a sub­sti­tute for pro­fes­sional or ad­e­quate over­sight.

So, I im­plore those in author­ity in an or­ga­ni­za­tion to make sure their funds are safe go­ing for­ward.

Thomas C. Miller Beth­le­hem

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