Sonora woman indicted in federal embezzlement case

08/12/2014 1:28 PM

08/12/2014 1:29 PM

A federal grand jury has indicted a Sonora woman accused of embezzling more than $42,000 from the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento announced Tuesday.

Charity Brocchini, 40, has been served a summons to appear for her arraignment hearing on Sept. 8 in federal court in Fresno.

The grand jury on Thursday returned with an indictment, charging Brocchini with two counts of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement.

Brocchini, from 2005 through 2009 was the director of the child care center and the Yosemite Child Care Center nonprofit organization, which operates child care facilities in Yosemite Valley and El Portal.

The indictment alleges that Brocchini embezzled $42,608 by issuing extra paychecks for herself and using the child care center’s funds to write checks to herself, pay her personal car and insurance payments, pay off her debts and credit cards, and make personal purchases at retail stores.

If convicted, Brocchini faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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