According to a
statement released by Ryan Smiley, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Porter County (BGCPC), the money in question is missing from cash receipts
from Kidstop, a fee-based childcare program conducted before and after
school at nine school sites throughout Porter County.
The BGCPC “first
detected discrepancies in cash missing from daily deposits for the fee-based
program as the result of an in-depth cost analysis,” the statement said. “A
full audit determined that funds are missing from over a two and a half year
span dating back to 2012 through 2014.”
On “learning of the
apparent missing funds, the organization took immediate and appropriate
action,” the statement added. “The employee responsible for the program’s
deposits was placed on paid leave” and prohibited “access to the Club and
any of its operations, pending the outcome of the internal investigation.
The employee was then terminated upon the investigation from an external
“Boys & Girls Clubs
of Porter County is committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior
and integrity, and does not tolerate inappropriate or illegal activity on
the part of any Club staff, volunteer or youth member,” Smiley said.
Smiley noted that
all employees and volunteers must undergo a thorough criminal background
check on an annual basis.
“While there are
accounting controls in the depositing of collected funds, an additional
internal control of the reconciliation of the program deposits was lacking,”
the statement said. Such “controls have since been implemented and a full
examination of accounting practices has been conducted.”
“This is a very
unfortunate and hurtful situation for all of us associated with the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Porter County,” Smiley said. “We believe we have uncovered
the full extent of the theft and the gaps in our processes, and we are
confident that this was an isolated incident.”
is and will continue its full cooperation with the authorities as the
judicial process continues,” the statement concluded, and “is seeking full
restitution of the missing funds.”
The VPD is
investigating the apparent theft.