polo jean jacket Arrest warrant issued for former Buffalo Chamber CEO
BUFFALO An arrest warrant has been issued by the Johnson County Circuit Court for the arrest of Angela N. Fox formerly the CEO of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.
“There’s a level of trust in a small community like Johnson County,” said Chamber Board Secretary/Treasurer Cindy Kremers. “When that trust is broken, it is devastating. As members of the board, we were all heartbroken. The citizens and businesses of Buffalo had entrusted us with their hospitality, volunteerism and moneys and we failed to safeguard those assets.”
Court documents allege that sometime between April 6, 2014 and Nov. 7, 2016 and June 9, 2016. The third count alleges Fox made personal charges on the chamber credit card sometime between Jan. 8, 2017 through June 8, 2017, in the amount of $1,945.
Each count is felony theft and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
According to the affidavit, Kremers began to investigate the use of a chamber credit card to pay for liquor at the Occidental Hotel on the night of Fox’s wedding to her husband, Thomas Gabrukiewicz, on New Year’s Eve 2015.
Kremers and chamber board member Judi Holmes sat down and reviewed the credit card statements with Fox, comparing line items with calendars and the events. Fox first denied using chamber funds for her wedding, according to the court documents. After more review by Kremers and Holmes, Fox admitted to spending chamber money on personal items including shoes and at Petco and the Tasting Library in Sheridan, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, a termination letter was presented to Fox, who agreed to the terms. The board agreed to pay Fox’s salary until Aug. 31, 2017, which amounted to $7,075, along with her health insurance until the end of August.
Other charges to the chamber credit card include a $900 to Belle En Blanc, a wedding boutique located in Billings, Montana; $695 to Johan Jewelry; $1,846 to the Occidental Hotel; and $732 to the Roosevelt Hotel and Spa, located in New Orleans. There were also charges for two airline tickets purchased for Fox’s husband, Gabrukiewicz, who was not an employee of the chamber but traveled with Fox, totaling $1,041.60, according to the affidavit.
A forensic audit was completed by Porter, Muirhead, Cornia Howard. The results of the audit were summarized in an email to investigators.
“We found charges in the amount of $8,624.09 which appear to represent personal expenses made on Ms. Angela Jarvis Fox’s Chamber credit cards without reimbursement being made to the chamber,” Alexandra H. Wilkison, a certified personal accountant who performed the forensic audit, wrote.
An arrest warrant was issued on Jan. 22, for Fox’s arrest. At the time of publication an arrest had not yet been made. According to her Facebook page, Fox is currently living in Cheyenne.