“Like A Good Neighbor …”
Props to reporter Renee Dudley of the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier for exposing the multiple scams going on at Good Neighbor Center – a taxpayer-supported homeless shelter for veterans in North Charleston, S.C.
First, Dudley discovered that the shelter’s executive director Nancy Cook doubled her annual salary to $130,000 between 2007 and 2009. Cook’s salary represented one-third of the shelter’s total revenue.
On top of that, Dudley has uncovered a missing $542,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as allegations of fraud in the center’s daily taxpayer-subsidized operations – allegations which are now being investigated by the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS).
Cook is a former Charleston County School Board Chairwoman – which means she’s been well-trained in the art of padding her pockets while pouring other people’s money down the drain. In fact, Cook managed to siphon off $20,000 a year for her “shelter” in 2006 and 2007 from a taxpayer-funded trust administered by the school district.
Anyway, props to Dudley for a job well done …