US Gujarati association’s extreasurer charged with theft

NEW YORK (TIP): A former treasurer of a Gujarati community non-profit association in the US has been charged with stealing $85,844 from its bank accounts. Girishcha Patel, 58, a resident of Franklin Township of Somerset county in New Jersey and a former treasurer of the Federation of Gujarati Associations in North America (FOGANA) was charged with theft related misappropriation of the funds from the bank accounts of the association, Star Ledger reported on Tuesday. FOGANA lodged a complaint with the Somerset prosecutor’s office special investigations unit in January this year that Patel had misappropriated funds from the cultural organisation’s bank accounts when he was treasurer from 2004 through 2012. Without the organization’s permission, Patel withdrew more than $75,000 in funds from the FOGANA bank accounts between January 2006 and March 2012 while he was treasurer and had sole access to the accounts, Somerset county prosecutor Geoffrey D Soriano said.

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