Terri Crisp, formerly of Noah's Wish, involved in SPCA Fundraising Investigation
Terri Crisp agreed not to take another high-level position at another charity following a state probe into "Noah's Wish." Yet in a filing with the North Carolina secretary of state's office last year, SPCA International named Crisp in its list of officers and directors.
California's attorney general is "actively reviewing" an animal charity executive who had agreed not to take a higher office with another charity after a state investigation into how her previous employer had spent its donations, a spokesman for the AG's office told CNN.
The woman at the center of the review, Terri Crisp, has been identified by SPCA International in its tax filings as one of its directors or officers. She also serves as the spokeswoman for the charity's "Baghdad Pups" program which, according to SPCA International, "helps U.S. troops safely transport home the companion animals they befriend in the war zone."
Before her work with SPCA International, Crisp headed the California-based animal rescue charity Noah's Wish, which received millions of dollars in donations after Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005. It promised to use the money to help animals affected by the disaster
The California attorney general investigated whether contributions to Noah's Wish for "rescuing and caring for the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina" were used for that purpose.
In the summer of 2007, Noah's Wish reached a settlement agreement with the state of California in which the charity agreed to forfeit $4 million in donations out of the $8 million raised by the charity.
Under that settlement, Crisp agreed not to "serve as an officer, director or trustee or in any position having the duties or responsibilities of an officer, director or trustee, with any nonprofit organization for a period of five (5) years from the date of the execution of this Settlement Agreement."
Yet in a filing with the North Carolina secretary of state's office last year, SPCA International named Crisp in its list of officers and directors.
California's attorney general launched the investigation into Noah's Wish after a bookkeeper with the charity and others alerted his office to questionable business practices.
The former bookkeeper, who wants to conceal her identity for reasons unrelated to her work at Noah's Wish, told CNN that ...