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Charities and non-profit groups cope with thefts

Local charities and non-profits are taking a hit in more ways than one.  Some places are dealing with lower donations and budget cuts -- but another problem is internal theft.

Non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross and Seven Counties count on donations and grant money to operate.  But right now, most charities are facing budget cuts and fewer donations -- and that's not the only problem.

Detective Scotty McGaha says Bullitt County Police are investigating several cases involving thefts from charities: "We're starting to see an increase in charitable organizations that have had money that has been taken from those groups...We are very aggressive to anyone stealing money from any kind of charity or business, but especially when it involves kids."

And McGaha says police usually don't have to look very far to find a suspect:  "I would say in all the cases that we've worked it has been somebody in those organizations."

In one case that's headed to the grand jury, a former Red Cross and Seven Counties employee is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the organizations.

McGaha blames the problem on addictions and the economy.  "In one particular case with a charitable organization I know the lady's husband was laid off -- just bad economic times -- people hurting for money."

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