Charity boss embezzled money to gamble
A former leader of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) embezzled the charity. James Burnes took money from the charity and gambled it away. In the end, he got caught after the large and frequent cash withdrawals became suspicious.
Embezzling charity boss
Burnes managed the accounts of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. For that reason, he was able to make the withdrawals. The retired colonel embezzled thousands of dollars from the charity.
Co-workers weren't aware of Burnes' gambling addiction, although it was an open secret that he frequently visited casinos. Every month he stole around $14,000 from the charity and used it to gamble at casinos.
Board members assumed that the charity funds valued approximately $480,000. In reality it was only $32,000, after Burnes had gambled away large amounts of money. He was accused of fraud and theft. "We just can't believe that one of our co-workers was able to steal money from the charity," one of the board members commented.
Out of business
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs is dedicated to provide financial support to service members and their dependents. After Burnes' embezzlement
, the charity was out of business for several months. On December 15th 2011, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs resumed its activities.