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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue continues to work with authorities after its rescue director was arrested for embezzling association money.
Cassie Wheeler was arrested after Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies said she defrauded Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue of approximately $ 41,319.84.
“As soon as we learned about it, our board of directors acted immediately. This has allowed us to offer the greatest protection and the greatest ability to protect our donors’ funds, ”the board said in a statement. “We have taken the necessary steps and coordinated with the IRS and law enforcement to report and return any stolen funds from our donations. We also terminated Ms. Wheeler’s immediate employment and denied her access to any rescue-related accounts, financial or otherwise.
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The nonprofit says it continues to work with the authorities.
“We have identified and are addressing areas where we can strengthen and implement enhanced security protocols and fraud prevention strategies,” the statement said. “Our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of the animals in our care, and we will continue to be dedicated to them and our mission as a rescue organization. We sincerely appreciate the continued support of our community during this difficult time. “
Wheeler has been charged with robbery, false entry on the books of a business entity, and fraud scheme.
She has already been accused of it once. In 2010, she was charged and later convicted of robbery. The court forced Wheeler to pay restitution – $ 10,000 to Farmers Insurance and $ 32,000 to a shipping company.
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