Blumenthal sues former non-profit head

Nick Rees Jan. 11, 2010, 1:24pm


HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - The former executive director of a medical supply charity is being sued by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal over allegations that she diverted approximately $100,000 in charitable funds for trips, concerts, spa services and other non-business personal expenses.

Tammy Young, the former executive director of Remedy Inc., is named in Blumenthal's lawsuit. Remedy is an 18-year-old New Haven non-profit that promotes the recovery of unused medical supplies for distribution to other nonprofit agencies.

Remedy also distributes unwanted medical devices to non-profit groups on behalf of hospitals, industry and individuals.

"Remedy's own executive director betrayed its critical charitable mission with self-serving luxury trips, spa services, concert tickets and department store shopping sprees," said Blumenthal, who is running for U.S. Senate.

"This serious misconduct squandered scarce resources vital to distributing free medical supplies for much-needed health care. These financial abuses exploited a charity that promotes health care for families and children by providing valuable unused medical supplies -- sutures, gowns, drapes, gloves and other materials -- to nonprofits. Our lawsuit seeks restitution for Remedy, as well as penalties."

Young is alleged to have engaged in financial transactions from Aug. 2005-May 2008 involving Remedy's funds. Blumenthal alleges that the funds were used for personal, non-business use to purchase trips to Florida and New Orleans, for dining and grocery expenses, and for pet, spa, insurance, utility and clothing expenses.

Blumenthal also alleges that Young used Remedy funds for gasoline, parking and automobile expenses, to purchase theater and concert tickets, and to purchase tens of thousands of dollars in personal, non-business merchandise from discount department stores.

The investigation into Young began after a complaint and information from Remedy founder Dr. William Rosenblatt, who discovered the expenses, was received by Blumenthal's office.

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