PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — Rhode Island State Police say they’re looking into embezzlement allegations at the Junior League of Rhode Island Inc.
Maj. Kevin O’Brien said Thursday that the state police financial crimes unit is investigating a complaint made within the past two weeks that embezzlement was occurring at the Providence-based women’s organization, which promotes volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities.
O’Brien says the complaint was filed by someone within the Junior League and it alleges thousands of dollars were stolen. He would not release any other details.
A representative of the Junior League told WPRO-AM that the investigation centers on one person involved with the organization. On Friday, the Junior League released a statement that read in part:
Upon learning of this problem, we immediately contacted the Rhode Island State Police, which is conducting an active investigation through its financial crimes unit, and the League’s insurance company.
It is important to note that a single person is under investigation, not the Junior League of Rhode Island organization. We have informed as many of our members and community partners as we are able to at this time and they are fully supportive.
All of the Junior League of Rhode Island’s Member Activities and community outreach programs remains in place.