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Western Arkansas charitable organization says funds stolen

January 5, 2020 GMT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The director of the Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council in Fort Smith says up to $200,000 may have been stolen from the organization that provides financial assistance, housing and food to the needy.

The Times Record reports that CSCBC director Marc Baker said improper invoices had been submitted for vendors that had already been paid.

The newspaper said Baker last week reported “anywhere from $30,000 to $200,000” of duplicate invoices since July.

Fort Smith police spokesman Aric Mitchell said an investigation into Baker’s allegation will likely begin Monday.

Baker said he contacted the FBI because the funds include money from two federal grants, but was referred to Fort Smith police.

The agency’s website says it provides services such as housing, food, utility payment assistance and dental programs to low income residents in about a dozen western Arkansas counties.