The former CEO of U.S. Pain Foundation, Paul Gileno, pleaded guilty Monday in the District of Connecticut to wire fraud and tax evasion in connection with his misappropriation of funds from the organization. Although a sentencing date has not yet been set, U.S. Pain Foundation is seeking restitution to recover financial losses that resulted from his misdeeds.
Gileno resigned from his position at U.S. Pain Foundation at the request of the Board of Directors on May 31, 2018, after the misappropriation of funds came to light. The organization reported the theft and fully cooperated with investigating authorities.
Since this discovery, the organization’s Board of Directors has implemented new policies and instituted protective measures to ensure consistent and accurate adherence to its fiduciary duties. The organization has implemented a system of checks and balances that include:
- Detailed requirements for the reimbursement of expenses
- A two-step approval process for all disbursements
- The separation of duties and internal controls surrounding all banking transactions
- Board oversight and review of cash flow reports and financial statements
The organization stated in a release on Tuesday: ”The last year has been difficult, the organization has never lost sight of its guiding mission to educate, empower, support, and advocate for the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain. We are thankful that resolution of these issues is coming to an end, and are committed to continuing to serve people with pain, stronger than ever.”
The U.S. Pain Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves those who live with pain. It has been very active in advocacy in recent months, especially at the federal level. Cindy Steinberg of U.S. Pain Foundation was the only patient advocate on the federal government task force that generated a report on Pain Management Best Practices that is the subject of Congressional hearings this summer.