A three-month investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office into allegations of misappropriated funds at the Shelby County Humane Society concluded with two employees being indicted on felony charges Thursday.
The Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Humane Society President Mike Lescowitch (pictured left) and Humane Society Treasurer Angela Bray (pictured right).
Lescowitch was indicted for one count of theft in office (F4) and Bray was indicted on a count of theft (F5).
It's estimated that $18,485.92 was misappropriated and used for personal purposes or questionable purchases not associated with the humane society.
The Shelby County Humane Society was operating as a 501C3 nonprofit organization for three years after failing to file the proper documentation to continue its nonprofit status.
The humane society made personal purchases under the nonprofit status to avoiding paying sales tax. It is believed that $649.46 is owed to the state for sales tax that was not paid on personal purchases.
The investigation revealed that humane society funds were used to tow Bray’s wave runners, tires for her vehicle, cell phone bills, Wii games, and various other purchases that were not for the humane society. Wal-Mart gift cards were purchased and used to buy groceries, cigarettes, tampons, and other items for personal use. Misuse of humane society credit cards was also discovered.
Investigators found that donations were made to the Humane Society without being reported, recorded, or deposited into a humane society account.
The humane society’s two accounts totaling $19,107.00 have been frozen due to a court order issued by Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
The nonprofit status issue will be turned over to the IRS for further investigation.