Wednesday, November 7, 2018

OLOL Fires CEO for "forgery and embezzlement".

The Board of Directors for the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation fired the foundation's president yesterday.  The Foundation owns the Our Lady of the Lake Medical System in Baton Rouge.  The hospital said he was fired for embezzlement.  Former Clarion-Ledger star Elizabeth Crisp reported yesterday in the   Morning Advocate:

John Paul Funes has been fired from his longtime position as president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, the hospital announced on Tuesday, citing a third-party investigation that found ''a pattern of forgery and embezzlement of funds.''

''We are shocked and appalled at what we have learned,'' Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center said in a statement. ''Our Lady of the Lake Foundation is integral to our healing ministry and helped us reach so many important goals that would have been unattainable otherwise.''

The Our Lady of the Lake Foundation is the nonprofit fundraising arm that supports the Baton Rouge hospital system.

The hospital said law enforcement has been contacted but declined to release any additional details pending the criminal investigation. Rest of article.

The Our Lady of the Lake system took over St. Dominic Hospital last month.  


Anonymous said...

So sad - I went to school at LSU with Funes. Nice guy. You never know I guess. But to embezzle when your salary is around $300,000 says something about your greed.

Anonymous said...

I googled him. The guy looks like Ralph Malph after about 200 beers and a whole lotta Krispy Kremes.

Cynical I Yam.. said...

A beat reporter who writes a story consisting of 22 two-sentence paragraphs containing remarks gleaned from the hospital press release is not 'a star reporter'. She gathered no information on her own, investigated nothing and broke no news.

And, yes, the guy looks to have spent a lot of time at the food table in many fundraising events.

What's the difference in him and the man and his daughter who ran the Greenville burn center for years and pocketed untold thousands and were both convicted. This is what makes many of us hesitant to give a nickle to charity or fundraisers.

Anonymous said...

According to the article the dude was making $350,000/year. In Baton Rouge. And he STILL wanted more.

The guy is a thug. He's scum. Stealing from a religious organization that paid him better than 99.9% of the residents in his town. Pitiful.

ivebeenrobbed said...

Don't be surprised. We just learned my step-uncle embezzled my late grandfather's estate, now we'll file suit in Texas. His wife and daughter apparently are unaware of his deeds. My aunt makes probably $150K, drives a 5 Series while my uncle drives a Benz SUV while unemployed, years later from the oil industry in management. Money makes people cray....

Anonymous said...

12:26 Give to the Salvation Army. They do great work. The SA employees make peanuts and are genuine. No doubt, someone will post a claim of some high salary for an SA employee. Every SA salary I've ever seen was low, and for husband and wife combined.

When I don't know where to give, I give to the Salvation Army.

Anonymous said...

Good thing they cleaned this up before the take over St. Dominic.

Anonymous said...

3:48 - You think Sister Dorethea has been eatin' beans and rice all these years?

Anonymous said...

The good employees at St. D. are besides themselves and sent out resumes after OLOL informed them that all St. D. employees are on 12-month probation.

Never heard such a thing in my life!

Anonymous said...

11:51 - Sounds like a few past governors who got State Personnel Board protections jerked from agencies.

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