COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A charity for children cleared of wrong doing! The Collier County Sheriff's Office says there is no evidence the Toys for Tots program mishandled money.
"I feel there has been some wrong doing by it's officers and it's board of directors."
Robert Knee, a former member of the Marine Corps League of Collier County is still not convinced.
In May, he and another member, called the investigation into alleged mishandling of money and altering checks with the Toys for Tots Foundation.
"What they are saying is the money went to the kids to buy toys, I'm not arguing that, I am saying that the local detachment leaders or whoever was involved made a decision that they could do it better than the national Toys for Tots Foundation," said Knee.
The attorney for the Marine Corps has said all along there was no misuse of money and is pleased with the outcome of the investigation.
"The thing that important in this regardless of who the check was made out to, whether it was the local Marine league or the national, the monies went to the children, not a penny went to an individual," said Attorney Jerry Berry.
Deputies say the Marine Corp established a local bank account that evenutally became a joint account with Toys for Tots, that was a violation of policy, but there was no criminal intent.
"When people were writing a check, they may put Marine Corp on the check, but in the memo say Toys for Tots or vise versa, which made it hard to decide where the monies went," said Lt. Chad Parker with the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Florida law says for there to be embezzlement there has to be a theft of money, something the investigation didn't show. Right now, the Salvation Army is running the Toys for Tots program. Berry says it up to the national league to decide if they will lift the suspension.