Jim Ganforth, the new executive director of the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners, and other top executive of the two groups, which certify about 38,000 ophthalmic dispensers in the U.S. every year, will have to get extra prior approval before they can spend the groups' money, in the wake of an alleged embezzlement scandal, VMail reports. The former executive director of the two groups, Hugh M. «Mike» Robey, was suspended in January when some financial irregularities came to light, and was fired in March. Then local police in Virginia took up an investigation that uncovered the alleged participation of Carletta Carter Stewart, the ABO/NLCE's chief financial officer. She was fired in August and turned herself in last week, according to VMail. Robey pleaded guilty last month and faces sentencing on Jan. 28; Stewart has a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 19. James Morris, an attorney for the ABO/NLCE who led the internal investigation, assured VMail that the two former executives had access only to operating funds, not to investments, and that the groups are financially sound. The total amount embezzled is said to be more than $1.5 million, taken over a period of more than six years.