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Former AIDS Project Florida official admits to embezzling

Former AIDS Project Florida official admits to embezzling

More than $1.5 million in federal funding has been frozen for Broward County, Fla.-based AIDS Project Florida after former chief financial officer William Diamond admitted to embezzling money from the organization, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports. The funding will be suspended until a county audit of the organization's finances during Diamond's tenure, from February 2003 to March 2005, is completed. The federal funds that are frozen account for more than one quarter of the agency's annual budget. An internal audit shows that Diamond misused up to $59,000 in agency funds, some as fraudulent petty cash payments to himself and some as disbursements Diamond labeled as "bio-trend study/research" in agency records, the Sun-Sentinel reports. County health officials were informed of the internal audit and subsequently alerted the federal Health Resources and Services Administration about the financial review. County officials are currently launching their own audit of the organization's books. Diamond resigned from his position with the organization in March. His attorney says Diamond contacted him about the misused funds and said he wanted to "correct his mistake," the Sun-Sentinel reports. The Broward County Sheriff's Office says it has not been notified about the embezzlement and as such has not launched a criminal investigation.

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