Unholy Crap, Batman!
Posted by That Other Mike on 24/10/2010
Yowzers. I knew that there had been some kind of controversy over at the RDF a while back, but I was never a regular visitor because it moved a bit too fast for me, and, well, I honestly didn’t find it that interesting a place to a visit. That said, this is somewhat shocking:
GLENDALE, Calif. (CN) – Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins claims an employee of his Foundation for Reason and Science embezzled $375,000 from the online store he ran for Dawkins’ charity, by claiming it made only $30,000 in 3 years.
Dawkins says he founded the charity to “support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering.”
Dawkins hired Josh Timonen in 2006 to run his website and produce videos for him, according to the Superior Court complaint. Timonen began working for the Foundation in 2007.
According to Timonen’s own records, Dawkins and the Foundation paid Timonen a total of $278,750 in 3½ years – an amount Dawkins calls “exceedingly generous and well above-market for someone of Timonen’s age and experience, particularly for someone providing the bulk of his efforts to a charitable organization.”
Timonen took the reins, Dawkins says, and ran the online store for 3 years, during which he claimed the store cleared only $30,000 and “was just squeaking by.”
But the scientist says Timonen actually pocketed $375,000.
Dawkins claims Timonen made off with 92 percent of the money generated at the store in 3 years.