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April 07, 2016

N.Y. Nonprofit Sued Over Chemical Attack on Top Executive

A New York charity leader who was doused with lye last year in what authorities allege was an attempt to cover up a $750,000 embezzlement is suing the organization's board, claiming it negligently failed to prevent the assault, the New York Daily News reports.

Alexandra Dyer filed suit Thursday on behalf of the Healing Arts Initiative, where she serves as executive director. She had been on the job for about two months when a cup full of caustic drain cleaner was tossed in her face August 19 outside the nonprofit's office in Queens.

Three people, including a former bookkeeper for the charity, have been charged in connection with the alleged theft and the assault, which prosecutors say stemmed from Ms. Dyer's discovery of financial impropriety. The court complaint accuses the nonprofit's directors of negligent hiring practices and “hiring non-independent auditors.”