Curtis Oliver, the director of Never Alone, Never Again (check out the overtly religious mission statement), was arrested for stealing $1000 from the organization to fund his gambling habit.
Curtis Oliver, 53, allegedly took grant funding awarded to NANA by the Buffalo Trace Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board, commonly known as ASAP.
Maysville Police Detective Ken Fuller confirmed Oliver’s arrest Saturday afternoon. Fuller said the investigation was prompted by board members of NANA who contacted him with reports of theft. An examination of bank statements for NANA showed Oliver had withdrawn money from the bank account via ATM card, Fuller said.
Oliver was the only person to be in possession of an ATM card for that account, Fuller said, and used it in approximately 15 transactions between July 21 and Aug. 23.
“It appeared that he was using it for gambling habits,” Fuller said.
NANA started in 2007 as a safe place for addicts to meet, according to previous information, though it had fallen stagnate until Oliver took over as managing director in April 2010. In March, Oliver said he was filing for nonprofit status for the organization, which not only is the location for several meetings including Narcotics Anonymous but also was meant as a place where addicts could go to hang out with people who could understand what they were going through and offer support.
Anthony Mullins, chair of the board for ASAP, said the grant awarded to NANA was awarded after a formal board had been created. The funds were intended to be used for the purchase of literature and other supplies necessary for NANA. Mullins said part of the funding was also intended to be used for the renovation of a building in Vanceburg for the expansion of NANA.
Vanceburg Mayor Todd Ruckel said he was only aware the money was to be used to purchase literature for both the Maysville and Vanceburg offices, not for renovation. Ruckel has been working with community leaders in Lewis County to start a program separate from NANA.
NANA board member David White said Oliver is a classic example of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”