As was reported Friday, February 18, 2011, The Yonkers Uniformed Fire Officers Association has discovered that nearly $100,000 of our union funds have been stolen. The alleged perpetratorof this theft is a member of our organization, and our former treasurer, Lt. Kai Irwin (pictured herein), and heacted alone in the commission of this crime. [Reference: Former Treasurer of The Yonkers Fire Officers Union Charged With Grand Larceny].
The Executive Board of the UFOA would like to make a statement to clear up anymisinformation that may surround this matter.
First and foremost, only UFOA funds were stolen, and no taxpayer money was involved inthis theft. The UFOA represents the Lieutenants, Captains, and Assistant Chiefs of theYonkers Fire Department, and they were the only victims of this crime.
Secondly, we want to state that it was our Executive Board that uncovered this crime andbrought it to the attention of Westchester County’s District Attorney’s Office, and we have fullycooperated in the ensuing investigation. We have submitted copies of all of our financialrecords, and any other material that the D.A.'s office has requested of us in this investigation.While we have recovered a substantial amount of the missing money, we have retained theservices of a forensic accounting firm to ascertain exactly how this crime was committed, ifthere are more funds missing than we realized, and to identify weaknesses in our accountingsystem that we can eliminate to prevent this from ever happening again.
This alleged violation of our trust is both disappointing and saddening. It is our opinion thatthis individual be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.