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Not-for-profit fires worker for alleged stealing

Updated: December 17, 2012 10:30PM



A Northwest Indiana group working toward helping improve the lives of residents has fired an employee after the person admitted to stealing money from the group.

One Region, which combined the Quality of Life Council and the One Region/One Voice project, said in a press release that the group discovered the problem on Dec. 7 and that employee came clean about taking an “undetermined” amount of money. One Region has since hired an outside auditing firm to look into the accounting books, along with contacting Munster Police.

No one with the police could confirm whether they are investigating the issue.

The release said the auditing firm is still going through group’s documents and One Region has already put in new measures to protect its finances.

One Region is a not-for-profit formed earlier this year to tackle numerous projects that look to improve the lives of local residents, including groups addressing health care, early childhood development and ethics in government. Although no financial information was available on One Region because the group is so new, IRS documents filed by the Quality of life Council in 2011 show the group took in $31,845, almost entirely from donations and grants.

William Lowe, chancellor of Indiana University Northwest and co-chair of the One Region board, said in the release that the group is funded by donations from local universities, businesses and other civic groups.



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