The previous CEO of the Iowa branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has actually pleaded guilty to embezzling 10s of countless dollars from the charity, which assists kids with severe medical conditions such as cancer.
According to court records seen by E! News, Jennifer Woodley, 40, sent a composed guilty plea to 2 counts of first-degree theft and one count of deceptive practices on May 27 and a judge accepted it on Tuesday, June 1. She confessed in her filing that she made unapproved charges on a charity charge card, offered herself an unapproved perk and raise and made incorrect entries into records associated with those expenditures, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, June 2.
“We appreciate that the Iowa legal system resolved this matter with an agreement that includes restitution,” Make-A-Wish stated in a declaration to E! News on Thursday, June 3. “As always, we remain committed to ensuring that donations to Make-A-Wish are safeguarded and properly used to advance our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child fighting a critical illness.”
Woodley apparently embezzled nearly $41,000 given that she ended up being the president and CEO of the Iowa branch of the nationwide charity in 2019, the Associated Press stated. In July 2020, the group dismissed her after finding monetary abnormalities throughout an internal compliance evaluation.
Prosecutors are set to advise Woodley be placed on probation for 5 years under a plea offer, the Associated Press stated on Wednesday. A sentencing hearing has actually been set up for July 20.