Fraud charges against Holland nonprofit denied

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HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD)- The leaders of a shuttered nonprofit in Holland will not face fraud charges.

Ottawa County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lee Fisher told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday that the office is not filing charges against Kandu Industries.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department launched a financial fraud investigation into the nonprofit last fall, after it closed its doors following nearly 60 years of service.

Kandu CEO Tom Vreeman blamed the closure on funding cuts by the Ottawa County Community Mental Health. However, tax filings obtained by 24 Hour News 8 showed the organization had been losing money for years.

Kandu Industries helped people who have mental and physical disabilities. Around 75 people lost their jobs when the nonprofit closed.

Fisher said the office will reconsider the case if more evidence surfaces in the future.

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