Organization closed spring of 2013. I as president of Riverside Hospice along with 5 board members resigned April 2012 after discovery of misuse of funds and violation of mission statement as well as my name being forged to a 990 that myself nor any board member had ever seen. Funds were falsified on the 990.
Riverside Hospice has been closed for almost two years.
On 1-1-2015. Myself and another ex board member were told that the executive director, Rita Best had placed many expensive furniture items on consignment to a store in a neighboring city. Redlands Ca.
We went there and found several high end furniture pieces for sale with tags marked. "hospice". The owner, David said that they had had many items from "hospice" on consignment in the previous two years and that several people representing themselves as "Riverside Hospice" had presented themselves along with the exec director, Rita Best who also presented herself as "HOSPICE". The consignment donations were made to "hospice" by a doctor, who I am sure thought he was giving property that he would be able to take as a tax deduction, having given to what he thought was a donations to a not for profit. This donation and placement on consignment occurred at the time the riverside Police department had been told that the organization was closed.
The most recent continuation ,of what seems to be sale of items for personal gain, was discovered two days ago. A police report is being made. There are eye witnesses to the storage of these donated items and stated intent to take to said items to "auction or consignment" after the organization closed. There are witnesses to the fact that several rooms of furniture was taken for consignment. On our visit 1-1-15. We photographed sales tags on about 8 items with a total recently reduced sale price of 6,800.00. One set of executive office furniture contained a tag noting that this set retailed for 18K. I believe that the IRS would be interested in the whereabouts of these assets as we are told by a Riverside Hospice ex store manager that the IRS is still questioning the executive director. I am convinced that diversion of assets and personal gain has gone on since the closing of the organization and continues to this day.
Review from Guidestar
Where are the 990 files for 2012. This organization has closed the doors of the thrift shop. There was no notice to the community of their closing or of the distribution of cash or goods remaining. How can a not for profit close the doors and take the money and not report what has happened. The community deserves the facts. The Feds and the AG need to question where the money and goods went. The Community needs to beware of continued efforts to raise money using the name Riverside Hospice and Bereavement Center and Companion Connection. To solicit funds and profit personally from those efforts is a fraud on the public. This fraud was pronounced to be the case by Commissioner Pam Thatcher in official court documents where she stated to call oneself a Hospice and not be a hospice for the purposes of fund raising was "despicable". The Executive Director, who took it upon herself to hid financials from the board of directors and to forge the president of the organization's name on a 990, which she never once showed to the board. (the 990"s) has a set of behaviors that must be reviewed and stopped. March 2014. One year later the 990 has not been filed and the community has not been informed as to the whereabouts of the cash and assets that should have been made a part of the public record upon closing of this deceptive organization. The Exec. Director and the Past President, still have made no attempt for a public accounting of anything. They just asked us to go away and forget about Riverside Hospice. This is a tragedy.
April 2014. Still no accounting to the public. Agency closed. Thrift store goods unaccounted for. NO official notice of close down of "non profit agency". Funds are unaccounted for and 990 not filed since 2011.