- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - The leaders of a Suffolk-based nonprofit have pleaded guilty to federal charges that they exaggerated numbers about their charity in order to pocket more money.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1UMFpdo ) reports 41-year-old Cindy Hall of Monroe, North Carolina, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of mail fraud and making an unlawful monetary transaction. Her mother, 61-year-old Stephanie Almond, pleaded guilty last week to one count of mail fraud.

Court documents state they exaggerated the number of children that Send Thee Community Outreach was feeding so that they could pocket more money. The newspaper reports the charity sought $574,000 in reimbursements.

Hall’s attorneys, Jessica Carmichael and Phoenix Harris, said they will ask a judge to take Hall’s background as a Navy veteran into consideration during a sentencing hearing in May.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com


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