embezzlement.jpgI reported March 25 that the Planned Parenthood Federation had closed 5 FL clinics apparently due to financial shenanigans by member(s) of their oversight affiliate.
American Life League’s Planned Parenthood watchdog arm STOPP added this in an email alert yesterday:

There is much confusion about the status of Planned Parenthood clinics in Boca Raton, FL and the surrounding areas. According to various reports, PP is scrambling as the local affiliate, Planned Parenthood of South Palm Beach and Broward Counties, is having severe financial difficulties….

Information received by STOPP indicates that, apparently, 5 clinics run by this affiliate still have their doors open, but are not seeing any customers. PP customers are reportedly being referred to other local providers. We also note that the affiliate’s web site has been taken down.
According to one report, the affiliate’s Form 990, a reporting form that certain tax-exempt organizations must file annually with the IRS, showed total revenue of $3,361,439, and a deficit of $12,709 for 2005. This is hardly enough of a loss to cause major problems.
The actual reason for these changes is more likely tied to 4 board members resigning in the past few years over management questions. Moreover, several weeks ago, the affiliate’s chief executive resigned and was replaced by an interim officer. It should also be noted that Planned Parenthood Federation of America recently audited the affiliate’s operations.
There is… speculation that this affiliate will merge with…
[an]other…. Employees have been laid off and it appears that some clinics will close while the merger takes place. PP claims that a merger would make it “better, stronger and more efficient,” but what else can PP say? It wouldn’t want to inform the public that it is falling apart.

According to the March 20 Palm Beach Post, PP’s only live operation at the moment is its teen comprehensive sex ed program, for which it is getting $257k this year from Palm Beach County. So it is teaching kids how to have sex without providing inadequate mop up tools.
Is PP worried about the IRS, embezzlement? From the PBP story:

[I]n June… a former employee filed a wrongful termination letter with the agency demanding $500,000 in back pay and damages….
As part of the complaint, employee Nedezda Martinez asserted that the organization’s 2006 annual financial statement was inaccurate…. The board then ordered an audit, [her attorney Samuel Lopez] said. Lopez and [Marilyn] Krantz [affiliate CEO until 2001] said they were told by Planned Parenthood officials the board was checking, among other issues, whether money was missing.

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