Police search home of former Lake Tahoe Humane Society director
South Lake Tahoe Police Department executed a search warrant at the home of former Lake Tahoe Humane Society Executive Director Niki Congero last Thursday, June 1, as the investigation into her alleged embezzlement continues.
Congero was fired from her position in March after the nonprofit’s board of directors was notified by its bank of irregular activity. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, board members have not revealed how much money they believe is missing.
Lt. Shannon Laney of South Lake Tahoe Police Department said that Congero was home and cooperative at the time of the search.
Law enforcement retrieved a couch rented from a Rent-A-Center with Lake Tahoe Humane Society money along with some bank documents.
According to Laney, police know that Congero frequented Dotty’s Casino in Stateline “and used her Humane Society … card there to withdraw money.”
Financial cases typically take a long time because there is an “exorbitant amount of documents to go through … bank records, ATM, credit card transactions, Dotty’s Casino player’s card, stuff like that,” Laney said.
Additionally, Congero’s bank is located in the Midwest, meaning local law enforcement has to work with other agencies to get search warrants for those bank records.
Congero’s lawyer Adam Spicer previously told the Tribune that the allegations against his client were untrue and that the humane society’s money troubles stemmed from mismanagement by the board. He did not respond to recent calls by the Tribune inquiring about the search warrant.