A lawsuit filed Monday in Lexington by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass claims an office manager embezzled nearly $436,000.
The lawsuit claims Bendrea Wilson of Lexington forged two board members' signatures to at least 140 checks, made out to five men.
One of the men, Marcus Searcy, lives in Danville, The Herald-Leader reported today.
Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Dale Suttles, a Danville resident, said he does not know Searcy or the other men who allegedly received checks. He believes they are all friends of Wilson, who had been hired in May 2008.
Suttles said the amount missing represents about one-third of the organization's annual budget of $1.3 million.
The alleged embezzlement appears to have been going on since October, Suttles said, but became more aggressive since the recent sale of some of the group's Lexington real estate.