Warren Mac McLaughlin, who served as
president and CEO of the Palm Beach County Convention &
Visitors Bureau since 1987, resigned after it was reported that the
CVBs controller, Donna Duffer, had embezzled $1.5 million over the
course of three years.
McLaughlin, 72, is
a four-decade veteran of the travel industry and is credited with
significantly expanding Palm Beachs tourism industry.
Lee Davis, the CVBs
vice president of finance and administration, also
pushed for the resignations of executives over the appearance of
ineffective oversight after Duffer admitted to dipping into the
bureaus funds to cover debts incurred because of a gambling
Sue Foreman, told TravelWeekly.com the police are still investigating
the incident and that no charges had been filed. Duffer has been
"completely cooperative" with the police and has given them
"complete information" on the incident, Foreman said.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].