Sacto 9-1-1
January 16, 2009
Update: Charity embezzlement suspect arrested

goodenough.jpgBee Staff

Sacramento police arrested Friday a woman accused of embezzling $225,000 from a local charity.

Donna Joe Goodenough, 46, who worked as an office manager for Options in Supported Living, a local community service organization, was arrested at 8:40 a.m. at a relative's residence in Elk Grove, said Sgt. Norm Leong, Sacramento Police Department spokesman.

Options in Supported Living provides help for people with disabilities so they can live in their own homes.

Goodenough, who had full control of the organization's finances, allegedly forged and passed about 100 fraudulent checks against the organization from January 2007 to May 2008, he said.

She was writing checks to herself in varying amounts, which was discovered during an audit, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Goodenough also allegedly made several unauthorized purchases using one of the organization's credit cards, the spokesman said.

She was taken into custody without incident, Leong said.

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