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LeAnn Simpson became executive director of WNPA in 2003, shortly after the name SPMA change.
She had served 11 years as executive director for the Glacier Natural History Association and had worked at the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association before that.
new job with no transition or briefings about finances or operations in general, much less the unique operation at Hubbell Trading Post
walked into a financial mess: the records were in state of chaos, accounting practices almost nonexistent, and there was no accurate sense of WNPA's
or Hubbell Trading Post's
overall revenues and expenses, profits and losses.
During her first year, Simpson
devoted time reviewing accounts, records and operations at the trading post and concluded that "finance-related irregularities" were occurring at Hubbell and began to suspect Malone was involved in a forgery and embezzlement scheme.
On April 28, 2004 Simpson and Babbitt met with NPS IMR (Inter Mountain Region) director Steve Martin.
LeAnn Simpson, Executive Director, Western National Parks Association
LeAnn Simpson (1995) Western National Parks Association Executive Director 12880 North Vistoso Village Drive Tucson, AZ 85737
(NPS Special Agent Clyde) Yee failed ...
(NPS Special Agent Clyde) Yee failed to exercise reasonable diligence in reviewing the WNPA cooperative agreements underlying his claim for federal jurisdiction in the allegation for theft of federal funds, failed to review corroborating information provided by (Leeann) Simpson regarding claimed revenue deficits, failed to make a minimal effort to understand the basis of Simpson's allegations on behalf of WNPA by contacting WNPA's contracted accountant, Marianne DeVries.
Among those named in the lawsuit, which asks for a jury trial, are both the current and former Intermountain regional directors of the Park Service, Mike Snyder and Steve Martin, respectively; Mr. Martin's wife, Cyd, a Park Service employee who allegedly failed to follow up a lead in the case; Clyde Yee, the special agent who initially investigated the matter; the Western National Parks Association; Leann Simpson, the association's executive director, and; Jim Babbitt, chairman of the association's board of directors.
LeAnn Simpson (1995)
Western National Parks Association
12880 North Vistoso Village Drive
Tucson, AZ 85737