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Office Manager For L.I. Charity Accused Of Stealing Funds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The office manager of a well-known Long Island charity is charged with stealing more than $130,000 by using the organization’s credit cards for personal spending sprees, police said.

The charity’s executive director talks about the arrest with 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera

Merline Campbell, 45, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of grand larceny and identity theft. It’s charged that when the bills came in, Campbell used the charity’s funds to cover them, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“At the conclusion of the investigation, the dollar amount might be as high as $200,000,” Nassau County Police Sgt. Dennis Ude said.

Sarah Landsdale, the executive director of Sustainable Long Island, hopes the arrest doesn’t hurt the charity.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall with details from the case

“This is an isolated incident, we feel betrayed, we continue to advance our mission of downtown revitalization, economic development and social equity on Long Island,” Landsdale said.

She said the organization became suspicious after coming across “unauthorized expenditures” during the audit process.

“Electronic gadgets, such as an iPad, an iPhone, a number of other types of electronic devices…household items, she bought a number of airline tickets,” Sgt. Ude said.

“We’re working cooperatively with local authorities and our council to investigate this matter further and to recover the missing funds,” Landsdale said.

After the arrest, Campbell was fired after serving as office manager since 2005. Police said Campbell had been using company funds for personal use since August 2010.

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  1. Leah Tringali says:

    I am outraged and want to know how the Auditors, the Board of Director, and the Executive Director missed this financial felony for two years. That’s 7 audits until they found the crime? What kind of people are responsible for this? Aren’t these three elements of the organization culpable for the theft? Check out their website see whose on their Board of Directors, their Executive Director sure has enough credentials, but is she a watchdog for her own organization? All the donations and philanthropic gifts ended up in a Caribbean vacation. Who wasn’t doing their jobs with oversight – all of the above! Get rid of them all and get us a real organization with accountability to bring sustainability to Long IIsland!

  2. Leah Tringali says:

    I am outraged and want to know how the Auditors, the Board of Director, and the Executive Director missed this financial felony for two years. That’s 7 audits until they found the crime? What kind of people are responsible for this? Aren’t these three elements of the organization culpable for the theft? This is a charity that large banks, and other philanthropic organizations donate to. Check out the Board of Directors on their website – shouldn’t they have known? How about the Executive Director, Sarah Lansdale – where was she while her Office Manager was stealing money for vacations and vet bills. Sounds like they are ALL guilty.

  3. The Geich says:

    Well as it stands there is no way she spent that kind of money on the few things mentioned, I feel there’s others involved and being that she stole, she being charged for all missing money to save face of the charity. That’s wrong and the charity is putting it all on this unfortunate soul God doesn’t like ugly the charity needs to take its WEIGHT for not being good stewards and clean its self up, and not do this to that women alone because they don’t WANT to be held accountable. and I quote this is an isolated incident not true ,just ADD up the amount this women took ,NO WHERE NEAR 130,000.00 OR 200,000.00. I’m not saying she’s innocent, but she should not be a scapegoat either.

  4. Leah Tringali says:

    I am outraged and want to know how the Auditors, the Board of Director, and the Executive Director missed this financial felony for two years. That’s 7 audits until they found the crime? What kind of people are responsible for this? Aren’t these three elements of the organization culpable for the theft?

  5. I DON'T WANT TO DIE IN EAST NY says:

    CRACK IS EXPENSIVE PEOPLE !! THE MONEY HAS TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE !!

  6. Egbert of Wessex says:

    Are you all kidding? This woman is absolutely gorgeous! I think I’ve fallen in love …

  7. papschmear says:

    This is why I don’t contribute to charities!

  8. liwingnut says:

    Low…real low

  9. UTOWN PUNISHER says:

    CRASH DUMMY FOR REAL. SHE THOUGHT SHE WOULD NEVER GET CAUGHT. SHE THE U IN STUPID

  10. The Rent is too damn high says:

    Yeah with an UGLY STICK!

    1. Richard T. says:

      Yeah, too bad she didn’t spend some of the $$$ on plastic surgery

    2. Don says:

      somebody already “beat” you to it.

  11. Richard T. says:

    LOCK MERLINE UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. SHE DESERVES TO HAVE THE BOOK THROWN AT HER. HELLO SING-SING!

  12. Mr. Armenia says:

    I’d hit it!

    1. GOING H.A.M . says:

      YOU’RE A MESS, BUT YOU GOT LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF

  13. Mr. Armenia says:

    Wow, is she hot or what? I’d wreck that, yo.

  14. dick says:

    she will beat this rap

  15. CT says:

    Winning!!!!

  16. sosmart says:

    So what, no audits since 2005?

    1. val says:

      she was only doing it since Aug 2010, so I guess they found out quickly enough…

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