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December 19, 2014

Twin Cities Nonprofit Leader Pleads Guilty to $460,000 Theft

The head of two St. Paul, Minn., social-service charities admitted in court Thursday to stealing more than $460,000 in state and federal funds earmarked for the organizations, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Prosecutors said Roberta Barnes, 57, of St. Paul, funneled the money into payments to family members and personal expenses.

Ms. Barnes led the Sierra Young Family Institute and Agape House for Mothers, which received state-administered grants aimed at combating teen pregnancy and housing aid for needy families. The nonprofits, which the newspaper said both appear to be defunct, received $1.7-million in taxpayer funding from 2002 to 2012.