Board president opens up about nonprofit embezzlement

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An Erie nonprofit opens up about their former CEO after police say he embezzled more than $66,000 from the company. Meanwhile police are still searching for the man.

It all started when Supportive Living Services hired their CEO 46-year-old James Gray last May.

Since then, police say he’s stolen $66,863 from the non-profit. He is facing charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Borowy says the board was recently reviewing financial statements at their regular meetings when they noticed something was wrong. He said something just didn’t look right. Borowy said staff also came forward to tell them they were uncomfortable with some things that were happening. That’s when they started the investigation.

Police say that Gray was writing checks to fictitious companies, then allegedly depositing money from fake companies into the same account as his direct deposited paychecks.

Board president Gary Borowy says he didn’t think Gray was capable of something like this, noting he trusted in him and is hurt by his alleged actions. However, Borowy says any person is innocent until proven guilty, so the court system can handle that.

Borowy says despite the setback, the company is focused on moving forward and helping the clients.

“Our clients are very well taken care of and that is not changing changing,” Borowy said. “I have to remind myself that all is good and one person doesn’t define us and one person isn’t going to affect how our agency operates.

The nonprofit now has an interim executive director in place along with an entire executive team. Borowy says they are now running without a hiccup.

The nonprofit has insurance that will cover that nearly $67,000.

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