$200,000+ embezzlement investigation in Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs

Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs has uncovered information that indicates an embezzlement of more than $200,000.

The employee linked to the suspicious activity has been terminated, and documents and evidence collected during an internal investigation were given to the Redding Police Department.

"We are deeply disappointed in uncovering a situation such as this and have referred it to the appropriate authorities for potential legal action,” spokeswoman Carolyn Helfenstein said today.

“We work in an environment where trust is paramount to the services provided. An internal investigation is still ongoing. We are doing all we can to ensure something like this cannot happen again. Right now, we need to let the police do their job and cooperate fully in their investigation.

---- UPDATE 2:40 p.m. ----

Sgt. Koby Heston said the Investigations Division had documents to review and assess before releasing the suspect's name. He said they were getting under way and were experiencing delays because wildfire smoke prevented the arrival of a key investigator.

"It's an embezzlement case, not very exciting" he said. "I think they found it during a routine audit."


Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs was originally founded in 1979 as an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization to serve the elderly and underserved families.

In 2000, SSNP and Golden Umbrella (formed in 1968) moved to the Mercy Oaks campus. They still are free-standing subsidiaries with an independent board of community directors. SSNP offers programs that serve the needs of the elderly and underserved families: multi-purpose senior dining and activity centers in Redding, Anderson, Shasta Lake and Burney; senior transportation; transit for people with impaired mobility; Meals on Wheels program; commodity distributions; Senior Brown Bag program and emergency food assistance.

1 comment:

  1. This is really unfortunate. SSNP and Golden Umbrella run a lot of good programs, and have a lot of very dedicated staff and volunteers. It saddens me that someone's alleged personal greed may obfuscate that good work.

    This, however, is yet another circumstance that demonstrates the need for good business/fiscal management practices for non-profit organizations. A little prudence and good practice can go a long way in preventing these kinds of unfortunate events.