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March 19, 2015

Tenn. Charity Heads Charged After Audit Flags Big Bonuses

The leaders of a Camden, Tenn., nutrition nonprofit have been charged with theft of taxpayer funds following an investigation that uncovered some $733,000 in unauthorized payments, according to the Associated Press. The state comptroller's office said ABC Nutrition Program, which administers federally funded reimbursements to day care centers for food programs, used unapproved administrative fees to steer bonuses and extra pay to top managers and employees.

Vivian Parker, the charity's CEO, and her daughters, Lisa Carter and Tracy Coady, face counts of theft over $250,000 and theft over $60,000. Auditors alleged that the three women received nearly $590,000 in unauthorized bonuses and supplements to their regular salaries and that additional unapproved disbursements covered personal expenses and bonuses for other ABC workers. A lawyer for the family was not immediately available for comment.