CNA Staff, Aug 20, 2020 / 11:45 am
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to resolve claims that some of its former employees fraudulently administered community service grants in 2014 and 2015.
“Our organization took swift action to investigate the irregularities and to self-report through the proper channels,” Deacon Thomas Roberts, president of the organization and a cleric of the Diocese of Las Vegas, stated, according to the AP.
He added that Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada now has “additional safeguards to protect against the possibility of similar future happenings.”
Dn. Roberts said that as the settlement of $206,368.35 was covered by insurance, it “will not have any impact on the services Catholic Charities provides.”
The settlement is related to claims that in 2014 and 2015 employees of Catholic Charities who oversaw programs that placed senior volunteers with youths and with other seniors falsified records. The volunteers received small stipends for their time, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The employees also directed recipients to falsify the records, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada said, “leading to CNCS grant funds being used to pay stipends for hours that were never actually worked, were in violation of program requirements, or were inflated.”
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada discovered the fraud, terminated the employees who had committed it, and disclosed the problem to the CNCS. The US attorney's office added that Catholic Charities “cooperated fully in the United States’ investigation of its administration of these grants.”
The settlement did not determine liability, nor did Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada admit wrongdoing.