Below is the full text of a communique released on March 27 by the executive director/CEO of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), Zaven Khanjian.
Dear Friends of the AMAA,
The AMAA has a strong commitment to transparency, a strong sense of responsibility, and a tradition of prudent management of all entrusted funds.
Recently an internal review and investigation of internal records revealed fraudulent activity and misappropriation of funds by a former employee.
Law enforcement authorities were quickly notified, who after a diligent and efficient investigation, arrested the former employee. We are committed to cooperate with law enforcement in the prosecution of this matter and will pursue all available avenues for the recovery of misappropriated funds.
In the meantime, we have enacted several internal control measures to avoid any repetition of similar incidents in the future. Working with our auditors, we will continue to examine our operations to ensure integrity in every aspect of our financial transactions.
It is management’s utmost responsibility to protect the long standing reputation of the Armenian Missionary Association of America and ensure that every dollar is used for the donors’ desired purposes. We shall spare no effort to ensure that the AMAA lives up to its reputation.
Our firm determination and pledge to our esteemed donors is that the investigation will vigorously continue until all pertinent facts are uncovered and that all donor wishes are prudently met and honored.
As always, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and prayers.
Armenian Missionary Association of America