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Serious NKL Financial Mismanagement Discovered

April 22nd, 2014 by jake · 4 Comments

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Since the shysters at No Kill Louisville continue to play pat-a-cake, it’s time to release banking documents former board members and whistleblowers have handed over as part of our ongoing investigation into the non-profit. Should you require a refresher, please see the links above.

NKL’s leaders (just a husband and wife remaining) love to claim that 100% of all contributions go to help animals in need:


FROM FACEBOOK

That claim is not based in reality.

It appears, based on financial documents from June, July and August 2013, that NKL leaders pulled in thousands of donations in cash and PayPal funds, totaling at least $39,071.77. $34,151.71 came from cash and checks and $4,920.06 from PayPal.

Some of the documents we have:


DOCUMENT FILENAMES


SMALL SCREENSHOTS

Contrary to denials made by Rebecca Ficklin and her hateful apologists, funds appear to have been spent inappropriately. Along with somehow sending at least one NKL account repeatedly into overdraft. All while withdrawing hundreds of dollars from ATMs at a time with no supporting documentation.

Undocumented and suspicious purchases were made at Groupon, Google, Dairy Queen, USPS/FedEx (when the organization, according to all involved, had nothing to ship), Amazon Marketplace, Sam’s Club, Kroger and Walmart.

Some of the transactions:

06/06/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 GROUPON INC XXXXX7858 IL — $148.38

06/24/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 USPS XXXXX1192 LOUISVILLE KY — $46

07/05/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 FEDEXOFFICE 00016139 LOUISVILLE KY — $48.18

07/08/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 DAIRY QUEEN #41541 LOUISVILLE KY — $19.32

07/08/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 GOOGLE *Siyami Apps GOOGLE.COM/ CA — $21.19 (appears to be for pet tracking software for her Android device)

07/22/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 OFFICE DEPOT #2511 LOUISVILLE KY — $102.05

07/29/13 — POS PURCHASE POS22258532 0835626 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $1.38

07/29/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 XEROX CORPORATIONCRED XXXXX6100 OR — $159

07/29/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 LONGHORN STEAK00051714 LOUISVILLE KY — $102.58

07/30/13 — N0730 4045 PAYMENT POS00000101 0236793 AMAZON.COM SEATTLE WA — $9.64

07/31/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 AMAZON MKTPLACE PMTS AMZN.COM/BI WA — $55.12

08/01/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 SAMS INTERNET XXXXX7726 AR — $108.97

08/07/13 — POS PURCHASE POSKLO76484 0246434 KROGER LOUISVILLE KY — $18.62

08/12/13 — POS PURCHASE POS21501199 0853514 USPS XXXXX6955 LOUISVILLE KY — $23

08/12/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX8290 WAL-MART #3610 LOUISVILLE KY — $34.82

08/13/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 FEDEXOFFICE 00016139 LOUISVILLE KY — $51.94

08/13/13 — OVERDRAFT ITEM FEE — $36

08/15/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 SAMS INTERNET XXXXX7726 AR — $116.98

08/23/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 SAMS INTERNET XXXXX7726 AR — $56.70

08/23/13 — OVERDRAFT ITEM FEE — $36

08/26/13 — CHECK CARD PURCHASE XXXXX4045 GROUPON INC XXXXX7858 IL — $29

08/26/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18031552 0892289 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $19.08

08/26/13 — CONTINUOUS OD CHARGE – 01 DAY — $7

08/27/13 — OVERDRAFT ITEM FEE — $36

08/27/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18501277 0257367 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $63.52

08/30/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18211776 0327715 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $53

08/30/13 — POS PURCHASE POS18362608 0327716 OFFICE DEPOT 0 LOUISVILLE KY — $19.60

Note: The Longhorn dinner covered Rebecca, her husband (not on the board at the time), two volunteers and one of their wives. Everyone else — all other board members and volunteers — paid for their own meals.

In August alone there were several truckloads of food that were sold that totaled thousands of dollars. Those transactions weren’t documented and it appears funds did not get deposited. There’s no way to confirm the funds were handled appropriately because NKL refuses to answer questions or to provide records and documentation backing up their claims.

On August 14 there was a yard sale held to benefit NKL that generated at least $2,000. Funds were to support the organization’s foster/adoption program but that never occurred. But on August 20, an odd $814.85 was deposited and then immediately withdrawn in cash. On August 27, another $250 in cash was withdrawn. A total of at least $2,803.69 in undocumented purchases and ATM withdrawals were made during the three month period we examined that we have not already reported.

We previously told you about NKL continuing to raise funds for the non-existent Hope Fund. Specifically, Ficklin had a little girl make and sell bracelets for the purpose of contributing to the fund. However, according to financials for three months, there was a $1,151.96 outstanding Hope Fund debt.


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Our sources have preserved these documents and all records they had access to while involved with NKL in order to provide them to any law enforcement or investigative agency for the purposes of forensic accounting and document chain of custody verification.

So let’s quit with the hand wringing and concern trolling.

No Kill Louisville needs to put up or shut up (or just shut down).

Because there appears to be overwhelming evidence to suggest financial mismanagement on the part of the organization’s leaders — after they took over, not prior, as they love to claim — has occurred.

Tags: Bad Behavior · Charity · Dogs · Scandal

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 S Oliver // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    It saddens me, to see this once legitimate, vibrant organization, fall to such a disastrous state. At its inception and in its early years, it accomplished such wonderful things, on behalf of the abandoned and neglected animals of our community. I have no first hand knowledge, of its current state or how it came to be, so I cannot speak to these reports. My experience with NKL, occurred, in the summer of 2012, when we were contacted, about an early “Hope Fund”, case. The animal was an orange cat, named “Orangy”, who has since been renamed “Gibbs the Great Orange”. After sustaining serious injuries, he had surgery and weeks of intensive care and rehab, as a recipient of NKL’s generosity. He was then in a great foster home and finally, we were contacted, when it was discovered that the guy was FIV+! Thanks to the NKL organization of the very early years, and it volunteers and fosters, this great cat, was rescued, got all the considerable medical care, that he needed, great foster care, while a search was conducted for his forever home. That would be me! I am happy to report that this early recipient of that once wonderful organization, resides, in my home, where he is so loved and appreciated. He is a big “tank” of a cat, who will live out his life, as a beloved member of my family. Would that NKL, were still that, original organization. Whatever the reason for NKL’s decline and it would seem, ultimate demise, Louisville has lot what was once a promising friend of our communities, needy animals. More’s the pity…

  • 2 S Oliver // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    That was meant to read “Louisville has LOST”, not lot! Need an edit button.;-)

  • 3 Puppy Love // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I am sad to see the current state of affairs for NKL. My family got involved with fostering as a direct result of the early NKL organization. For me at least, I know that some good has come of it. I hope someone can take it over and lead it back to where it was headed…there is still so much work to be done. Louisville’s animals are still in dire need.

  • 4 Turner // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    They paid overdraft fees!

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