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February 11, 2015

Ex-Bay Area Nonprofit Official Sentenced for $920,000 Theft

The former chief financial officer of a San Francisco-area nonprofit was sentenced Tuesday to four years and nine months in prison and ordered to pay $1.1-million in restitution for embezzling from his employer, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Federal prosecutors said Robert Strahan used company credit cards and checks to steal more than $800,000 from the group and paid $120,000 to an acquaintance he put on the payroll in a ghost job.

Mr. Strahan, 51, of San Francisco, pleaded guilty in November to fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors identified his employer only as "M.E." Mr. Strahan served as CFO for the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Area, a shipping-industry group, according to the minutes of a 2007 organizational meeting.