ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The former finance manager for an organization that assists Alaskans who have been diagnosed with AIDs and HIV has stolen more than $105,000 from the non-profit, according to charges filed in Anchorage court.
Police say Paige Bohall, 37, embezzled money from the Alaskan Aids Assistance Association using her company credit card over the course of four years. The thefts were discovered late last year.
The non-profit is a recipient of state and federal grants. In some cases, Bohall stole money belonging to clients of the non-profit, according to the charges.
"Four A's staff and board were heartbroken to find they have been victimized by a former employee in whom they had placed a great amount of trust," the non-profit wrote in a statement released today.
A warrant has been issued for Bohall’s arrest but she was not in custody as of today, according to an online offender database.
"We are unaware of her whereabouts at this time," said Sgt. Paul Padgett.
Padgett says Bohall could be extradited from other states but would not likely be extradited from the Philippines, where her former colleagues said she might flee.
The response today from Four A's, a non-profit that assists HIV/AIDS patients, to charges against a former employee accused of stealing more than $105,000. pic.twitter.com/FDZYz6ucmS— Kyle Hopkins (@kylehopkinsAK) February 2, 2018
The non-profit, also known as Four A's, provides prevention services such as needle exchanges and support services for people living with HIV/AIDs.
Four A's learned of the theft after it "implemented new controls over the use of credit cards," according to the non-profit. An employee reviewing online credit card records found numerous questionable charges on Bohall's card, according to the criminal complaint.
Bohall was charged with three felony counts on Jan. 10, but the case was not widely known until today.
“The company uses Quickbooks for accounting,” wrote a detective with the police department’s financial crimes unit. “Bohall would duplicate charges, hide charges under other charges and use false bills to hide the thefts”
“Bohall would do things like pull money from clients accounts to pay her cell phone bill,” the charges say.
The non-profit says it will attempt to get Bohall to pay back the money she is accused of taking.
This story has been updated with a statement from Four A's an additional details about the charges.