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QUESTION: Six or seven years ago there was a woman who was treasurer and bookkeeper with a charity that I volunteered for -- Christmas in April, aka Rebuilding Together -- that was charged with embezzling several thousand dollars from the charity. I remember her name was Coppe. Whatever happened with this case?
Submitted by: Garth, Antelope
ANSWER: Linda Anne Coppe pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento in 2004 to 21 counts of mail fraud.
According to court online records, she was sentenced to 60 months probation.
Coppe began volunteering in 1997 for the Sacramento affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national charity that repairs houses for low-income homeowners. According to a story in The Bee, she had control of the group's finances as treasurer and bookkeeper.
Investigators said that from July 2000 to September 2002, she engaged in a scheme that included paying personal credit card balances with the charity's checks and writing checks to herself. She admitted to stealing $47,000.
A board member said at the time that the the local nonprofit organization was reimbursed through insurance and did not have to disrupt programs.