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Police investigating civic club's 'financial irregularities'

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CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat) - Police are investigating allegations that a former employee of a local non-profit organization stole $10,000 from a business account established under the umbrella of the Sunshine Optimist Club.

The Sunshine Optimist Club was formed with the support of the Conway Noon Optimist Club in 2009 to encourage developmentally disabled adults to participate in civic activities.

Representatives with Independent Living Services, a private agency that assists people with developmental disabilities, would not confirm on Friday the capacity in which Christopher Corte Smith, 38, of Pine Bluff had been previously employed, nor would they confirm how long he had been associated with the agency.

Representatives also declined to comment on the origin of the funds in the business account.

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