Rooftop of Virginia fires two employees who are under investigation for misuse of funds

Two employees of a Galax non-profit organization have been fired after police launch an investigation into misuse of funds at Rooftop of Virginia.

Rooftop of Virginia helps combat poverty by educating and training low-income residents to help them find work.

Last month, police searched the office in an investigation into non-profit funds being used for personal use.  The Executive Director, Christian Bedsaul,  and Human Resource Manager, Sharon Nichols, were listed as suspects.

The Rooftop of Virginia Board of Directors voted Thursday to fire the two employees.

They say it's in an effort to reassure its clients that the ongoing investigation will have no effect on it's ability to provide services.

Rooftop of Virginia has been in the Twin Counties for more than 45 years, helping over 4,000 families each year, according to a press release.

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Rooftop of Virginia Terminates Executive Director and HR Manager

November 3, 2011

Galax, VA- In the Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program’s continuing effort to provide uninterrupted service to the community, The Board of Directors voted during their meeting on November 3, 2011 to terminate the employment of the Executive Director and the Human Resource Manager. The Board of Directors will appoint an interim Executive Director.

The Rooftop Board of Directors would like to extend their gratitude to all in the Rooftop family and our community partners who have made it possible for Rooftop to continue regular operations. Rooftop of Virginia wants to reassure the public that the ongoing investigation will have no effect on our ability to provide services to our clients. All of our programs will continue to operate without interruptions, and in this economy our services are more important than ever. Rooftop of Virginia CAP has been a positive presence in the Twin Counties for more than 45 years, helping over 4,000 families each year. We are committed to maintaining that positive presence and we are dedicated to ensuring that Rooftop will be able to continue serving our community for many more years to come.