STATE AUDIT: Lenoir Co. Non-Profit Director Misused Funds

The State Auditor's Office say the former executive director of a now-defunct non-profit to mentor at-risk kids misused state money.

The audit, released today, reports Kinston/Lenoir County One-on-One was investigated after a tip to the State Auditor's Hotline. The State Auditor's Office says former executive director Shawn Howard used a credit card to buy at least $5671 in items for personal use, including perfume, a microwave oven, a George Foreman grill, a flat screen TV, gasoline and tires.

One-on-One ceased operations June 30th, 2009, a month after the state pulled its funding over concern for Howard's spending.

The auditor's report says the former executive director misused $832 in travel funds for a trip to California that was never authorized. It claims another $2560 was improperly paid for other food and travel expenses.

The Auditor's Office has sent its findings to the local district attorney and the State Bureau of Investigation.

In a one-sentence response, Eric Pilson, former president of One-on-One told the state auditor that the board of directors "regrets it did not discover the misuse of funds by the former executive director as found in this report."

The audit also states the former president said "the former executive director admitted to misusing the credit card and assured him he would provide restitution." The audit reports that Howard submitted a $1000 personal check and returned his last paycheck of $1285 for a partial repayment.

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  • by bet Location: grifton on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    BOSOXMUG are you scared you will lose your nonprofit job then you cant just sit around and do nothing and get paid the only difference in you and thoes that stand on the corner or sit on the porch and draw a check is you were hired not for your skills but because of your color
  • by bet Location: grifton on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    OBAMA misused the money long before it reached the hands of this misuseder
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    I think the term mis used is way too kind. He stole from the poor kids in kinston. If I am wrong I am sorry that I mis led you.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Get used to this. When all these charter schools start popping up there will be more of this to come.
  • by The ECHO Location: Kinston on Feb 10, 2011 at 10:59 PM
    To top it off, Eric Pilson is also heavily involved in the Woodmen of the World. You know, Kinston and Lenoir County are obligated to helping with expenses with the new Woodmen of the World gym here in Kinston. We're on the hook for several million dollars over a 30 year time span, and it doesn't make me feel any better about it knowing that it could be run by someone like Mr. Pilson. The complete investigative report is at the following link:
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    Meanwhile, teachers and state employees have not received any pay raise in years, and now the geniuses in government are demanding that the only thing purchased is paper and pens. But I guess stories like this are okay right? Makes me absolutely sick I tell you.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    Glad this thief is caught; now, will they be prosecuted? Restitution is the first step, but what is the punishment? I've never believed these 'mentor' programs were legitimate. The director spent/stole the money that was supposed to be used for helping some poor youth get ahead in life. It was a front from the get-go. Non-profit my behind; it was 'for the executive directors' profit'. His 'Consumer Report' needs to have a big old red flag attached to it, so they can't do this again...any state, anywhere.
  • by bosoxmug Location: Roper on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Ya'll are unreal---This quote shows how incredibly reactionary you are---I'll bet that 90% of all these non-profit scam outfits misuse this free taxpayer money.I work for a Non-Profit in Va and we spend of $100k per year for audits alone--YOU make it sound like being a Non-Profit is a bad thing--which is further from the truth--as always your comments are drenched in racism--par for the course from this crowd.
  • by peace35 Location: greenville on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    that's what's happen with the economy so many funds being misused and embezzled and everyone trying to blame it on democrats no the government needs to investigate these private business that are receiving all these funds and get all the retirees receiving full benefits and wages thats not fair especially not to our children when they go cutting teachers please post this witn i want to know how many others feel this way
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    There is nothing new or unknown about this story. This is what non-profits mostly do. This is what sent our US repersentative to prision Franc Ballance. Many many others follow this lead. Lack of oversight either by design or intentional.
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