Sign in or Register
 
 
Register today to receive each issue absolutely FREE!
CMW hears from global associations about how best to handle the impact the...
More
The director of Reed's giant EIBTM MICE event in Barcelona, Graeme...
More
CMW catches up with Pacific World and finds the newly-expanded company has...
More


Exhibition World Issue 77
Issue 77
Supplement: Basque Country
Supplement: Turkey
FARMINGTON CVB HEAD FOUND TO HAVE EMBEZZLED $547,000 BEFORE COMMITTING SUICIDE
posted on: 19/6/2012 09:29:48
US Dollars

AMERCIAS - City officials, completing an audit, have said that the former Executive Director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Mexico, embezzled more than half a million dollars from the bureau before committing suicide.
 
According to local newspaper the Daily Times, Debbie Dusenbery committed suicide by a gunshot wound to the head three weeks following the allegations that she embezzled money for luxury trips and other personal expenses.
 
Local auditors Solga and Jakino PA were hired by city officials to conduct a complete audit, which was finalised on 15 May. Farmington Police Sergeant Robert Perez said the audit found Dusenbery embezzled US$547,000 with $66,000 on meals, petrol and hotels, which was never approved by the bureau’s board of directors.

"This amount was from suspected fraudulent expenditures which exceeded or circumvented all (visitors bureau) guidelines and approval mechanisms," he said.

In an email to police in January Dunsenbery said she had used $100,000 to pay her credit card bills and an equity loan. The auditors found 60 airline tickets for Dunsenbery and her friends to places such as Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Belize.

She had told co-workers the money was to pay for medical treatments for her terminal cancer, but no evidence has been found to substantiate this.

Recently, CMW reported similar cases of embezzled funds from convention bureaus. William Barnes, the former Finance Director for the Philadelphia-based Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau died in jail, where he was serving time for embezzling US$700,000 from the bureau. In November 2011, two women, one of whom was the former director of the Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Mississippi, pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Any conference-related news? Email sarah@mashmedia.net

Print:
Email:
Share article:
COMMENTS
Would you like to Leave a Comment?
LATEST NEWS
EUROPE - Entrevo, a UK-based company that helps entrepreneurs and leaders to scale up small businesses, has broken the Guinness World Record for the most people attending a business speed-networking event.

AUSTRALASIA - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre says it has experienced one of its busiest periods on record in the lead up to the G20 Leaders Summit.

MARITZ LAUNCHES GLOBAL MEETINGS NETWORK
posted on: 21/10/2014 08:56:56
WORLD - Maritz Travel Company, which consists of Maritz Travel Meetings & Incentives and Experient, has launched its Maritz Global Meetings Network.

CIRCDATA TO OPEN NEW OFFICE IN DUBAI
posted on: 20/10/2014 10:32:03
ASIA - Event registration and data solutions provider Circdata has expanded its global portfolio with the opening of a new office in Dubai.

ADNEC AND MCI TO STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP
posted on: 20/10/2014 10:29:54
ASIA - Senior officials from the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and senior executives from MCI are working to co-develop strategies that support the growth of Abu Dhabi as a global destination for MICE events.