Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Troubling news out of Detroit's JDRF

It's been an incredibly long time since I've updated this diabetes-related blog, so apologies on that. And I'm sorry it has to come on a topic like this. But how incredibly troubling is this news story out of Detroit! Seriously! As a Type 1 diabetic who grew up in SE Michigan, and participating and raised money for that chapter, I'm infuriated about this. Can't believe it.

Diabetes director pleads guilty to embezzling
July 23, 2007
BY L.L. BRASIER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
The former executive director of the southeast Michigan chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzling money from the foundation, and will be sentenced Aug. 21.
Karen Breen, 52, of Lathrup Village, pleaded guilty July 16 to one count of embezzling over $20,000, a 15-year felony and one of embezzling between $1,000 and $20,000. She was arrested by Southfield Police in February after foundation officials discovered an estimated $250,000 missing. She was also fired.

“We take these matters tremendously seriously,” said the national foundation’s spokesman, Peter Cleary. “Our audit and control processes turned this up, and we acted immediately and dismissed the employee. We’ve taken steps to recover the missing funds.”Breen will be sentenced before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot.