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February 25, 2015

Ex-Bookkeeper of Wash. Charity Shop Charged With Fraud

A former bookkeeper for a group of St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores in Washington state has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from the charity, The News Tribune of Tacoma writes. Angela Toney Saucido, 44, faces up to 22 years of prison on multiple counts of wire fraud and identity theft.

Ms. Saucido was arrested Monday in Phoenix, where she moved in 2007 while continuing to do bookkeeping for the Tacoma charity shops. Federal prosecutors allege she used several means to defraud St. Vincent de Paul from 2006 to 2013, among them forging checks, charging personal expenses to a company credit card, and using other employees' identities to make it appear they had gotten extra pay, which she shifted into bank accounts she controlled.