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December 08, 2014

Former Head of Bronx Charity Admits to $900,000 Theft

The former executive director of a South Bronx housing and social-service nonprofit pleaded guilty Thursday to diverting nearly $900,000 from the organization, reports The New York Times. Yolanda Gonzalez is slated to be sentenced in January for grand larceny and tax fraud and faces up to four and a half years in prison, according to her attorney.

Ms. Gonzalez headed Nos Quedamos (We Stay) from 2005 to 2011, inheriting the leadership from her late mother, Yolanda Garcia, who founded the charity in the early 1990s. Ms. Gonzalez was removed from her post by the Nos Quedamos board in 2011 and arrested in October 2013. The New York attorney general's office said she stole money via organizational checks and bank and credit cards and funneled it into personal expenses.