Nonprofit operators charged with stealing public funds

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The heads of a Camden-based nonprofit organization have been charged with theft of taxpayer funds after an investigation discovered nearly $733,000 in unauthorized disbursements.

The comptroller’s office says its investigation of the ABC Nutrition Program revealed troubling problems at the nonprofit. ABC administers federal grant funds from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to reimburse day cares across the state for food programs. Officials say the day cares were reimbursed by the nonprofit and the stolen money involves unapproved administrative fees, much of it used for bonuses and extra pay to managers and employees of ABC.

ABC is led by chief executive Vivian Parker and her two daughters, Lisa Carter and Tracy Coady. All have been charged with theft over $250,000 and theft over $60,000. A family attorney was not immediately available.

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