STAFF REPORT

State law enforcement investigators are looking into whether or not to investigate the financial irregularities at People Against Rape, the Lowcountry non-profit that assists rape victims.

Kathryn Richardson, spokesperson for the State Law Enforcement Division, said the agency is conducting a preliminary inquiry to determine if an investigation is warranted.

Last week the board’s chairman Michael Roach announced the discovery of missing money. $60,000 to $80,000 in rent and tax bills had never been paid but had still been submitted for reimbursement to the state agencies, Roach said. Board members blame a former employee, who has since left the agency.

They’ve had to lay off 11 employees so far because of the grant losses from the S.C. Department of Public Safety and the Department of Health and Environmental Control, which suspended $300,000 worth of their funding, until the agency is able to account for everything.