Nonprofit raided by state

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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— A high-level administrator allegedly stole possibly tens of thousands of dollars from a drug and alcohol treatment organization that state officials raided on Wednesday, according to its attorney.

Officials from the state Department of Labor seized boxes of documents from the Altamont Program at 428 Duane Ave. The nonprofit organization, founded by the Rev. Peter Young, serves more than 10,000 people annually in 17 counties throughout the state. Formally known as Peter Young Housing Industry Treatment, it helps people struggling with addiction and helps them find housing and employment, according to its website.

Attorney Kevin A. Luibrand said an internal audit two years ago found a large sum of money missing from the organization, which had been subject to state and outside audits for about 20 years. “They didn’t notice it,” he said.

Luibrand said Young contacted the state, from which the organization receives a large portion of its funds, and state officials continued the investigation.

They haven’t told the organization exactly how much money was taken. Luibrand estimated it was tens of thousands of dollars.

“It went on for a long time,” he said.

Two employees were fired immediately. Another one was eventually terminated and another one resigned rather than answering questions about the missing funds.

A complete story will be in the Thursday edition of the Daily Gazette.

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