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Previous personnel concur to pay out back Columbus Zoo for misused money

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and its former chief financial officer have reached an agreement to repay the zoo after he and other executives were being uncovered to have misused zoo sources, ensuing in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses for the taxpayer-supported nonprofit. 

Former zoo CFO Greg Bell has agreed to repay the zoo $132,000, board Chairman Keith Shumate said. The board accepted the settlement with Bell at a special conference Wednesday, Shumate mentioned. 

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Bell and previous zoo CEO Tom Stalf resigned in March of past yr soon after Dispatch reporting uncovered the two guys allowed their kin to stay in zoo-owned qualities at underneath-current market rents, and sought tickets and suites to concert events and entertainment occasions — methods meant for hosting zoo supporters and building donor relations — for by themselves and their relatives associates.