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Audit details turmoil at Somerville nonprofit

The former director of the agency that provides Head Start for preschoolers in Somerville and Cambridge freely used the agency’s credit card for personal expenses, racking up more than 100 personal charges in a single year, according to an independent audit that apparently cost Kimberly Smith-Cofield her job.

As the audit was being finalized, Smith-Cofield abruptly resigned as executive director of the Community Action Agency of Somerville in June, followed closely by the agency’s finance director and later four members of the board. Agency officials declined to release or even describe the audit findings, calling them confidential.

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