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Red Cross accountant accused of embezzlement

Former Orange County assistant director alleged to have embezzlement funds for 17 years

Karen Shuerger, 58, from Henderson, Nevada, has been accused of embezzling
Red Cross funds over the course of
more than 17 years – the length of time she worked at the charity
organisation’s Santa Ana branch in Orange County, California.

Shuerger resigned from the organization in October 2005.

Over the weekend she was named in a five-count indictment by a federal grand
jury. It alleges that she defrauded the
Orange County Chapter of the American
Red Cross during her final five years of employment.

She will appear for an arraignment in federal court in Santa Ana on 5
February.

As assistant director of accounting, Shuerger was responsible for monitoring
money received by the Orange County Chapter and assuring that the financial
records were prepared accurately.

Shuerger allegedly embezzled funds by using American Express traveler’s
checks, which were purchased with funds from the Orange County Chapter’s bank
account, and by using an American Red Cross credit card issued to her to make
unauthorized purchases of goods and services for her and her family members.

Further reading:

Profile: Clare Cannon, auditor for the British Red
Cross

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