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Monday, May 15, 2006

Charity manager fired for fumbling money


The manager of a charitable fundraising enterprise in Davenport has been fired for alleged financial mismanagement, drug use and having sex with a woman on his desk.

Chris T. Coppinger of Davenport was fired in March from Mohassan Grotto 22, where he worked as co-manager of the organization's charitable bingo operation.

He was fired after his supervisors allegedly found $1,000 in cash and checks in his office, along with a condom and a jar of urine that appeared to have been hidden. Coppinger was subsequently accused of smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in the building; having pornography on his work computer; having sex with another person on his desk; and ordering a 15-year-old co-worker to urinate in a jar. He also was fired for failing to deposit cash and checks the organization had collected.

At a hearing dealing with Coppinger's request for unemployment benefits, Coppinger admitted to drinking and having sex with a woman on his desk, but he testified that many other members of the organization had engaged in sex on that same desk. He offered no witnesses to support that claim and was denied benefits.


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