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ComLinks officials respond to audit

Officials from the embattled regional nonprofit ComLinks said the organization is taking steps to fix the issues raised in a scathing audit issued by the state Comptroller's Office last year.

The audit found that former Executive Director Nancy Reich used $100,000 in state grant money from the ComLinks coffers to fund a lavish lifestyle.

In a letter to the state Comptroller's Office, ComLinks Board of Directors President Marc Lashomb said the audit is a wake up call and that the organization is taking steps to increase board oversight of administrators.

"Board members are now assigned to individual committees that work closely with the four program directors," he said.

Now cash-strapped, ComLinks is seeking a line-of-credit to stand in for about $300,000 it is apparently owed by the state.

ComLinks has also begun cutting programs. Late last year, ComLinks announced it was cutting its domestic violence prevention program and restructuring other programs to slash operating costs.

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