Outside firms investigating former CEO accused of abusing charity funds, policies – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

Outside firms investigating former CEO accused of abusing charity funds, policies – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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KETTERING — Kettering Health has issued a statement in response to allegations of abuse of charitable funds against former CEO Fred Manchur.

“We are—and have been—fully aware of allegations of inappropriate fiscal and operational management at Kettering Health. Our Board and leadership team take these allegations seriously and are committed to integrity, improvement, and upholding the trust of our staff, providers, and community,” the statement reads.

Kettering Health said to “ensure impartiality,” the board asked an outside firm to do an internal investigation into the allegations and another to recommend updates to their processes and policies.

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The company will not discuss specific personnel issues, the statement said.

News Center 7 previously reported that documents showed Manchur and Dave Weigley, former Kettering Health Board Chairman and current President of Columbia Union Conference, were accused of being “masterminds behind the abuse of charitable funds.”

Manchur and Weigley have been accused of using charitable funds to do things such as expense trips and pay the Ohio Conference of the Seventh Day Adventists to move Dayton. Manchur is also accused of using funds to remodel his home in Kettering.

In a second complaint filed by someone claiming to have first-hand knowledge and to be in communication with others who have first-hand knowledge of how business was conducted, Manchur was accused of making decisions without bringing the topics to the Board of Directors. Such decisions include the recent decision to rebrand the network and the appointment of his son, Richard Manchur, as President of Kettering Health Dayton.

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Additionally, Manchur was accused of having the chief financial officer “hide true finances at board meetings, not allowing true finances to be shown.” The board minutes were allegedly “manipulated” to look like something went through the voting process.

Manchur retired from his position on Dec. 31, 2022. Weigley is believed to have stepped down from his role as chair earlier this year.

News Center 7 previously reached out to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office about any active investigations into Manchur. They previously told us that “all information about investigations into charitable organizations is confidential, including whether or not an investigation exists.”

We will continue to follow this developing story and update as new information becomes available.

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