Boys & Girls Club fighting 'false, malicious' accusations
Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area

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Boys & Girls Club fighting 'false, malicious' accusations

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
6/26/2019


An email sent by Bellport Boys and Girls Club board president Michael Mullaney revealed that the club is pushing back on allegations of fraud and misuse of funds, and filed a police report regarding someone who leaked financial documents. Mullaney said the club was advised not to discuss the ongoing investigation.

The person who posted the documents suggested the club, executive director Sybil Mimi Johnson and director of operations Donald Pinkney have been using funds for personal things, like hotels and cars, and additional payouts for employees. The club in the past couple of years has undergone many personnel changes and has been fighting to gain financial stability.

A few weeks ago, the Long Island Advancereceived unsigned mail containing misleading documents including bank statement printouts. After meeting with Johnson and the board, we did not find substantial evidence to support the allegations. However, the Advancewas given little detail from both parties.

“I speak for the board in saying that Sybil Mimi Johnson has our complete backing and trust,” Mullaney wrote.