Von Karina Brown – Courthouse News Service
Wenn diese Story wahr ist, ist es wirklich ein Drama.
Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins claims an employee of his Foundation for Reason and Science embezzled $375,000 from the online store he ran for Dawkins‘ charity, by claiming it made only $30,000 in 3 years.
Dawkins says he found out about the scam this year, when the Foundation decided to wrest control of the store from [Josh] Timonen.
Timonen handed over financial books that detailed his embezzlement, Dawkins says, including $500 meals, trips to Timberline Lodge in Oregon and the Malibu Beach Inn, and $314,000 in “salaries” paid to Timonen and his girlfriend -though Timonen and the Foundation agreed that the $278,000 it was aware of paying him would be his combined salary for running the store and performing his other duties.
Timonen’s “significantly older” girlfriend, defendant Maureen Norton, allegedly used at least $100,000 of the charity’s money to upgrade her Sherman Oaks home before she put it on the market.
Dawkins demands $950,000 plus punitive damages from Timonen, Norton and Upper Branch Productions. He and the Foundation are represented by Blaine Greenberg of Encino.
Es ist mehr als unschön so ein Drama innerhalb der atheistischen Bewegung zu sehen. Ich hoffe für beide Seiten, dass sich die Vorwürfe klären lassen. Wie auch immer für Dawkins muss es eine schwere Enttäuschung sein, soweit mir erinnerlich, hat er sein Buch „The Greatest Show on Earth“ Josh Timonen gewidmet.