Second worker accused of stealing from charity pleads guilty

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former office manager has pleaded guilty to stealing from a Cleveland charity months after another employee admitted embezzling millions of dollars. reports ( ) Sandra Ortegon pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of grand theft for taking nearly $33,000 from Cleveland Catholic Charities. Prosecutors originally accused her of taking $72,000.

In January, Michelle Medrick, a former controller for the same charity, pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement charges. Prosecutors said she took more than $2 million.

A charity spokesman said the cases are unrelated. The charity’s executive director says they have added new procedures to help prevent any more thefts.

Ortegon is scheduled to be sentenced May 23.


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