Warren County law enforcement officials will hold a free accounting seminar Thursday, April 25 to help nonprofit organizations and clubs prevent theft.
Local attorney and accountant Tom DuPois will lead the seminar, set for 7-9 p.m. at the Warren County Administration Building, 406 Justice Drive, Lebanon.
The meeting will focus on ways board members, officials, directors and leaders of community organizations can implement internal controls and procedures regarding the handling of money.
The event, sponsored by Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell’s office and the Warren County Police Chiefs Association, comes on the heels of theft convictions of two former officers of Springboro youth sports organizations.
In February, a judge sentenced Michele Petrey, of Springboro, to three months in jail after she admitted to stealing more than $65,000 from the Clearcreek Youth Soccer Association.
Petrey, 44, served as the organization’s treasurer from 2008 to 2012, during which time she made 101 unauthorized payments to such businesses as Kohl’s, Discover, American Express, Capitol One and Discover..
Last week, Thomas Harves, of Springboro, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 over the past eight years from the Springboro Athletic Boosters Association.
Harves, 61, served as treasurer of the organization for more than 20 years. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced June 11.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that its rampant,” said Fornshell of internal theft amongst nonprofit and community organizations. “Whenever you give people the opportunity to handle money, there’s a chance they will steal.”