After speaking Diana Vanwagner, the Director of the Whitney Ministries Alliance Food Bank,
and before she agreed to be interviewed, she burst into tears saying she didn’t understand why Pamela June Alberts would do this. Nonetheless she says they are staying strong, keeping the faith and moving forward with helping the community.
Vanwagner had kind words despite being robbed of over $100,000 dollars, funds used for the Alliances’ food bank and other local organizations.
“She was very open about it, very very sorry about its,” said Vanwagner.
Pamela June Alberts, the former Treasurer of the organization was booked into the Hill County jail Wednesday morning after confessing to stealing over $110,000 from the organization.
“And im hoping people will understand that we have now put in place, so many safe-guards to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Vanwagner.
According to an arrest affidavit, Alberts resigned from the alliance July 10th
the same day she confessed to stealing the funds for her personal use since February 2017.
“But now we’re going to probably solicit a little more help during each month to get some odds and ends that we need,” said Vanwagner.
Jay Elder, a volunteer with the food bank says, “I would imagine it will hurt getting resources and getting people to donate cause they’re worried about, are the funds going to where they need to be going.”
Now organizers are turning to their faith and the community for help
“We know we will, get through it. So, were all praying for her,”said Vanwagner.
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A woman who has worked as treasurer for the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance has been arrested on charges she stole thousands of dollars from the organization, putting in jeopardy its food bank, school supply program and other programs it provides the community.
Pamela June Alberts was booked into the Hill County Jail after being arrested Wednesday morning.
Whitney Police Chief Christopher Bentley says while she has given a statement saying she took around $67,000, an on going full audit of the organization’s books had by Wednesday afternoon, a total of $110,219 missing.
According to an arrest affidavit, the investigation began after Alberts gave members of the board of the alliance a letter of resignation July 10 in which she told them she had been taking alliance funds for her personal use since February 2017.
The affidavit said that when the board went to their bank they discovered she had been writing checks to herself and making unauthorized wire transfers to her personal account.
The alliance is funded by donations from 14 small church congregations in the Whitney area and Chief Bentley says the organization has been hit very hard by the loss.
Funds from the alliance were used to help citizens in the community pay water bills, pharmacy bills, buy gasoline, school supplies, help with rent, eye glasses, window air conditioners and other services for low income residents or people in financial difficulty.
The largest project of the alliance is the local food bank, with some of the money taken from among donations made supporting a construction project to build a new, larger food bank center.
Each member of the alliance organization provides a percentage of their church’s weekly donation to support the food bank and the other community services.