KATHMANDU, June 20: Two operators of the local board of Kathmandu Animal Treatment (KAT) Center (UK) have been accused of embezzling large sums of money which was meant for the treatment of street dogs.
According to KAT, Laxmi Sharma, chairperson, and Sujan Shrestha, vice-chairman are named in this case having set up their personal accounts to embezzle funds intended to support KAT and the animals.
“Through a new PayPal link, they invited donors to send money to support our work, which was then withdrawn into their personal bank account(s). It was never directed into the KAT Centre,” reads a statement released by KAT on June 18.
KAT claimed that a legal investigation has so far uncovered evidence that up to $40,000 was ‘stolen’.
“Though we tried to resolve these problems amicably, including asking the accused members to either account for the missing money or resign, all attempts met with resistance, obstruction and aggression. Instead of cooperating, they continue to solicit donations illegally, having set up duplicate websites and duplicate social media pages to direct more money into their account(s),” said KAT.