James Burnes, the former leader of DEMA has misused the charity fund. He took out money from the charity fund and then used the same amount in gambling. Later he was caught when he started making cash withdrawals very frequently.
James Burnes was responsible to manage the accounts of DEMA i.e. Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. This is the reason he has made withdrawals very easily. In all, he misused almost thousands of dollars from the charity fund.
No body was aware of Burnes addiction towards gambling, however, it was a known fact that he use to visit casino. Approximately, he withdrew $14,000 every month from the charity fund and spent the money on gambling.
Board members have reveled that initially the value of charity fund was almost$480,000, but now it is only $32,000. According to a board member, “Its very hard to believe that one our co-worker has done such a shameless act.”