October 26, 2007
In the process of conducting an internal audit of the North Fork Parish Outreach Corporation (NFPOC), the Office of Internal Audit of the Diocese of Rockville Centre uncovered inconsistencies in financial documentation and missing funds.
Upon obtaining sufficient evidence to indicate possible criminal activity, the diocese informed law enforcement authorities. The director of outreach, Pauline Winterbottom was subsequently arrested in connection with the alleged theft of NFPOC funds.
As this is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information regarding the North Fork Parish Outreach is encouraged to contact Detective Steven Harned at 631-765-2974 or Detective Sergeant John Sinning at 631-765-2615.
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