Monday, January 10, 2005

Why were audit findings ignored in March 2003? Hebrew Academy for Special Children (HASC) fraud

6 Comments:

At 4:14 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Audit Report Abstracts

Staff from the Office of Audit Services presented two audit reports.

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
Hebrew Academy for Special Children, Inc. Preschool Program

The members of the Subcommittee asked a few questions, which focused on the severity of the audit findings. Staff responded that the findings contained in the two reports were relatively minor and not indicative of serious management failures.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger zal said...

Your entry is pretty much contentless. How about posting some info on the alleged fraud? I'm very interested in that I usually contribute to hasc.

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

see my post: http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2004/12/hebrew-academy-for-special-children.html#comments

As to this post, it appears there were problems brought to the board in the past and they were dismissed as minor. Given current information, I would like to know the specifics of those minor problems characterized as "severity of the audit findings".

 
At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This camp is so important to children and families who have no other options available. The quality of the experience for the children is unsurpassed and untarnished. But the allegations about the management are terrible. To those of us who send our children to HASC and also donate money, this is agonizing. We need the camp to continue and to thrive, but obviously we cannot put up with such shenanigans from management, if the allegations are true. Are legal authorities involved, or is this being "resolved internally"? How might it be possible for legal authorities to NOT be involved? I don't understand how that can happen.

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>This camp is so important to children and families who have no
>other options available. The quality of the experience for the
>children is unsurpassed and untarnished.

This is what makes the fraud so obscene. The money taken (reported as over $1 million) from HASC could have done so much for these children and families. It makes me so mad that something like this could happen and that the board has failed in its fiduciary obligations, choosing to "deal" with the situation quietly instead of appropriately.

>But the allegations about the management are terrible. To those
>of us who send our children to HASC and also donate money, this
>is agonizing. We need the camp to continue and to thrive, but
>obviously we cannot put up with such shenanigans from management,

100 %

>if the allegations are true. Are legal authorities involved, or
>is this being "resolved internally"? How might it be possible for
>legal authorities to NOT be involved? I don't understand how that
>can happen.

It happens when board members ignore their fiduciary obligations and ignore the law. When you find fraud at a charity, you don't deal with it internally, you contact professionals with experience and training in this area (police/DA) and let them deal with the situation. None of the board have the same skills as the police fraud squad.

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger MoChassid said...

A large portion of the board is family, related to the founders. They are far from independent. They are, IMHO, playing with fire in addition to ignoring their fiduciary responsibilities. This is a tragedy in the making.

 

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