The treasurer of the Arizona Press Club has resigned from the organization, following allegations that she stole money from its coffers over a period of years, sources tell New Times.
Rebecca Allen, whose reporting jobs included a stint at the West Valley View, allegedly took at least $7,000 from the group's treasury during her years overseeing the club's finances. Sources say she paid back all the money. No criminal charges had been sought at this writing.
"It's an unfortunate incident," Press Club President Tiffany Kjos tells New Times, "and Beque Allen is no longer with the Press Club."
That's all that Kjos, or anyone else on the board, would say on the record.
Sources tell New Times that the group's attorney, Dan Barr, advised board members not to immediately discuss the matter with anyone outside of the group's governing board.
The board accepted Allen's resignation from the club at a meeting Saturday. The board is scheduled to discuss any further action on the matter at its meeting next month.
Allen was no longer a full-time employee of the View at the time of her board resignation. She was reportedly working as a freelance journalist.
Among the professional memberships Allen lists in her on-line biography: the Arizona First Amendment Coalition, the Society of Professional Journalists, Journalism & Women Symposium, and the National Federation of Press Women.
When Allen was asked by phone for her take on the events surrounding
her resignation, she had only this to say before hanging up: "There's no
problem. I resigned -- you know that."