Report: Manatee YMCA defrauded county out of $100,000 - FOX 13 News

Report: Manatee YMCA defrauded county out of $100,000

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YMCA members like Debbie Welch are floored by the allegations going on behind the scenes.

"I can't believe something like that would happen at the Y," said Welch.

A county audit, substantiating claims that Manatee YMCA officials defrauded the county out of more than $100,000 of taxpayer money. Those funds that were meant for after-school and gang-prevention programs.

LINK: Read the audit here.

"We're disturbed by the report," said Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker.

It's 83 pages long. Among the claims, allegations that auditors were given falsified documents to support some of the county's payments. Also the fact that the county was billed for in-school programs on days when school wasn't even in session.

"In every big organization, there are periodically bumps in the road. This is more than a bump in the road, but they're going to have to deal with the billings to the county," Hunzeker said.

The county is disciplining two of its employees connected to the YMCA paperwork, but officials don’t think they were involved in any illegal activity.

Meanwhile, an attorney for the YMCA says it has its own investigation underway, and that the YMCA board takes the claims seriously and will cooperate with all authorities involved.

"The Y to me is for kids, why would you want to hurt the kids?" Welch said.

 

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