ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) —-Missouri Goodwill says it wants to make sure what happened with Ronald Partee never happens again. Partee, a once-trusted executive with the charity, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from Goodwill.
Partee stole the money by presenting fraudulent bills, invoices and letters to Goodwill to trick employees in the accounts payable department to draft checks, which he then used on himself. He was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution.
Goodwill President and CEO Lewis Chartock called the case “a tragedy.”
“Here’s a man who had intelligence and personality enough to do anything he wanted to do in life,” Chartock said, “Instead he decided to steal from a charitable organization.”
In the wake of the crime, Chartock says Goodwill has undergone four separate audits and made some changes.
“We have a whole new system in terms of how checks are handled, and checks and balances are in place,” Chartock said. He also indicated that tuition reimbursement for Goodwill employees is now made directly to their school — instead of to the individual.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office could not comment on whether the investigation at Goodwill is now concluded. Chartock says it’s his understanding that the case is now closed and there are no other Goodwill employees under investigation.
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