The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts reports that a woman who embezzled more than $1.4 million from two nonprofits was recently sentenced to six years in prison and five years of supervised release. She was also ordered to make restitution to the two nonprofit victims.
The woman served as the chief operating officer from July 2013 until January 2018 for the first nonprofit, a Boston-based nutrition research and policy organization that provides programs for developing countries. Between Aug. 2013 and Jan. 2018, she allegedly stole nearly $1.4 million by making more than 350 unauthorized wire transfers, and writing more than 250 unauthorized checks, to herself, her husband, and those to whom she owed money.
In Sept. 2018, the woman was arrested for embezzlement. She was placed on pre-trial release contingent on not engaging in illegal activities. In Dec. 2019, the woman pled guilty to aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, and wire fraud related to embezzling from the first nonprofit. The conditions of her release were reiterated when she pled guilty and was released.
Following her arrest, however, the woman got a job as an officer administrator with an affordable housing nonprofit in Brookline, Massachusetts. She did not disclose her the fact she was under indictment to the organization and used her married name to conceal her indictment, according to the sentencing memorandum.
She worked for the second nonprofit from April 2019 until Feb. 2020. In Aug. 2019, the nonprofit's treasurer resigned. Over the following six months, the woman allegedly stole around $57,000 from the organization by changing the name of the payee on wire transfers, cash transfers, and checks.
In Dec. 2020, the woman was charged with embezzling from the second nonprofit.
The sentencing memorandum states that her employers "suffered extreme financial harm" and had "numerous charitable endeavors" either canceled or placed on hold indefinitely as a result of her embezzlement. "Woman Gets 6 Years After Defrauding 2 Nonprofits" thenonprofittimes.com (Jul. 19, 2021).