- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says a former development consultant for Catholic nonprofits and his assistant pleaded no contest to charges they stole about $180,000 from the agencies.

Charles Thomas Sebesta of Los Angeles entered his plea Wednesday to 17 counts of money laundering and two counts each of grand theft and forgery.

Christine Lynn Rowe of Huntington Beach pleaded Thursday to 17 counts of money laundering and two counts of grand theft

Sebesta was hired by Lay Mission-Helpers and Mission Doctors Association to help with charity fundraising.

According to the prosecution, the nonprofits issued checks to a business Sebesta recommended. The checks were diverted to a bank account under the company’s name that was created by Rowe, and funds were transferred to an account that Sebesta controlled.


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