Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Struggling veterans cheated out of charity cash

Pierce County veterans charity marred by missing money and lies

KING 5 News
Author: Susannah Frame
August 1, 2019

A KING 5 investigation found thousands of dollars meant to support veterans went instead to casinos and a private bank account.
A review of Washington State Patrol criminal background records also shows Hibbler is an eight-time convicted felon. She’s spent time in prison for theft and forgery, stemming from cases in 2007 and 2008. Her convictions were for stealing money from the bank accounts of two Western Washington companies while working as a bookkeeper.

Thousands of dollars that were supposed to support struggling veterans in Pierce County instead was spent in local casinos, withdrawn from casino ATM machines, and transferred into someone’s personal bank account, a KING 5 investigation found.

The four-month investigation revealed financial devastation and a chaotic atmosphere at the long-standing charity, Veterans Independent Enterprises of Washington (VIEW). Veterans interviewed by KING said the conditions have left them back on the brink of homelessness, poverty and addiction.
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