Former Director of, Traverse City St. Vincent de Paul, Accused of Taking More than $200,000 From Charity

The investigation got started when a forensic audit was completed at the organization. Mary Flohe is the former Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which runs a food pantry and helps the homeless.

Flohe was fired from the charity back in October, 2010. She was the only person in charge of collecting, and recording cash donations; because some of these donations weren't recorded, it's hard to say how much is really missing.

Several cases like this one have happened in northern Michigan lately. Financial experts say it can be avoided.

Even though there aren't many staff members at non-profits, there are still ways to keep the money safe.

St. Vincent de Paul's new Director did not want to go on camera, but she says they are a trusted organization, and people can rest assured knowing their donations are safe.

Reporting in Traverse City, Sara Simnitch and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson.