Humane Society Employee Charged With Fraud


Denise Dawn Buchanan, an employee with the Payson Humane Society, was arrested on Oct. 26 and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and use of a credit card without consent of the cardholder, Payson Police said.

Payson Humane Society president Barbara Brenke said internal audits of the society's bank accounts, accounting practices and credit history led them to uncover the alleged fraud.

She said the Humane Society's audits indicated an employee allegedly used the organization's credit cards to purchase personal items, totaling approximately $2,000.

"We have a no-tolerance policy for misappointing funds and have severed all ties with this individual," she said.

Brenke said while the organization always attempts to ensure funds are used properly, it has implemented even more stringent accounting policies to keep anything like this from happening in the future.

"This situation is proof that our auditing practices work and helped us to keep up our commitment to use every cent donated from our community to benefit this organization," Brenke said.

"I want to reassure our community that their funds will be used properly and that we are taking every available measure to ensure this situation does not repeat itself. I am hopeful that our generous community will continue to support this organization and advance the quality of life for the Rim Country's animals."

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