PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Delta Foundation is asking the district attorney’s office to investigate its finance under former president Gary Van Horn.
The Delta Foundation said Monday it turned over the findings of an audit it ordered after Van Horn was arrested after last winter.
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For years Van Horn was face of the region’s largest LGBTQ organization. Now he’s headed for trial, charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.
KDKA’s Andy Sheehan learned Monday Van Horn may possibly be the subject of a criminal investigation questioning a misappropriation of funds.
Van Horn is accused of falsely representing himself as an Allegheny County sheriff’s deputy and rigging his personal car with police lights. He is also accused of forging Sheriff William Mullen’s signature.
After Van Horn resigned, the foundation hired a law firm to conduct an internal investigation of “activities and compliance.”
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Monday the Delta Foundation released a statement saying an audit was completed and turned over to the district attorney for “further review.”
The foundation also announced Monday that Pittsburgh Pride is taking a “hiatus” because of coronavirus. It was scheduled for the summer, but was then postponed.
Neither the foundation nor the district attorney’s office would comment on the audit, and Van Horn, who is now living in Florida, did not return texts or phone calls.
But several local organizations and both the Pittsburgh Police and the Allegheny Sheriff’s Office reported unpaid services during Van Horn’s tenure as president of the foundation.
Those unpaid bills led to questions by the organization about Van Horn’s own personal use of foundation funds and the board ordered an audit of its finances. KDKA’s own review of the non-profit’s financials showed expenditures of $25,000 on food and beverages in 2017.
Van Horn’s attorney, Phil DiLucente, was also unavailable Monday but told KDKA’s Andy Sheehan in January Van Horn did not abuse foundation expenses.
“Unequivocally there’s going to be no misappropriation of funds at any time,” DiLucente said.
The foundation’s board held an election to name a new executive committee. Marty Healey is the new president, Jon Holmes the vice president, Eddie McAndrews the secretary and Chuck Honse the treasurer.