Cynthia Tanner, a former bookkeeper who stole almost $800,000 from a veterans charity in Connecticut, was sentenced last Friday to two years in prison and was ordered to pay the money back, according to the Hartford Courant.
Ms. Tanner, 54, who worked for the National Veterans Services Fund, allegedly wrote checks to herself and family members, then altered charity documents to make it seem like the money went toward veterans. She used the money for personal expenses, investigators said. Ms. Tanner was also ordered to pay more than $500,000 in back taxes, interest, and penalties.
The nonprofit has been criticized for its high fundraising costs. A 2013 investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting ranked it No. 8 on a list of America's “worst charities.” In 2005, the Courant also reported that the organization was the “least efficient” of 286 veterans charities in the United States.