That process of check-writing didn't require a second signature or some kind of oversight. You know the rest: Authorities assessed by writing checks to herself she embezzled at least $200k.
After taking a plea, she will serve two of a seven year sentence in prison. The rest will be on probation. In addition, she has to make restitution for about $200k. Here are more details from Karen Sloan at Law.com.
What Ihns pulled is commonplace. I was on the board of directors of a branch of a marketing trade association. Only one signature was required for check-writing. You got it: The treasurer left the U.S. after embezzling over $4k.
In a sense allowing that arrangement invites criminal activity. What human being, given the dark side we all have, wouldn't be tempted to pilfer funds when they are experiencing financial pressures?
Hopefully, the media coverage about Ihns' hand in the cookie jar will revamp procedures at other organizations.
Contact Jane Genova firstname.lastname@example.org.