Kentucky State Police say they are investigating alleged mismanagement of funds which forced officials to close the only homeless shelter in Harlan County.
The My Brother's House, based in the Christ's Hands building in Harlan, closed nearly one month ago.
Teana Burns used to work for the Harlan Countians for a Healthy Community or HCHC. Several weeks ago she was put on administrative leave. People have accused Burns of stealing money from HCHC, which operates the shelter.
“I have not taken any money from this organization. I have worked many years to help build this up,” Teana Burns said.
Burns says the allegations have made her ill. She is glad police are looking into it.
“I'm glad KSP is doing an investigation. I feel like my name has been dragged through mud for no reason. I will cooperate in anyway,” Burns said.
Police are not releasing many details but say they are in the process of collecting bank statements.
“The records will tell where we go from here. Just waiting to get them and from there we will know where to go,” Trooper Walt Meachum said.
Police would not say how much money is reportedly missing from HCHC.
Officials with the state auditor’s office say they are also collecting information about the alleged misuse of funds.
As for Burns, she says she just wants the case closed and the truth to be known.
Again, we want to emphasize that burns is not charged with anything.
Officials told us the shelter would only be closed temporarily, but there's still no word on when it will reopen.