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Man pleads guilty to stealing from childrens charity
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan
A former Kirkland man charged with embezzling more than $112,000 from the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise charity pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Wednesday to wire fraud.
Randall Morrison could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced.
Morrison was treasurer of the non-profit charity, which collects money and organizes activities and events for seriously ill children and their families. The thefts occurred between 2006 and 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Morrison was hired by the Kirkland-based group in 2005, and moved to Ohio the following year. He remained treasurer for the organization, however, and filed reports by email and telephone, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.
Beginning in September 2006, the indictment alleges, Morrison began falsifying reports and diverting the charity's money to his own use. He was initially charged in July, and has been on pretrial release since then.
Morrison now lives in Tallahassee, Fla.
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