Woman accused of stealing $42,000 from Yosemite child care center

A 40-year-old Sonora woman is accused of embezzling more than $42,000 from the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Tuesday.

Charity Brocchini was served a summons to appear Tuesday in the case, according to a press release from Wagner’s office.

A federal grand jury in Fresno on Thursday returned with an indictment, charging her with two counts of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement concerning a program receiving federal funds. Brocchini has been summoned to appear for a Sept. 8 arraignment hearing before Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone in Fresno, the news release said.

From 2005 to 2009, Brocchini was the director of the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center and the Yosemite Child Care Center, a nonprofit organization operating child care facilities in Yosemite Valley and El Portal. The indictment says 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 her outstanding debts and credit cards, and make personal purchases at retail stores.

The case is the product of an investigation by the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. McKeon is prosecuting the case, according to the release.

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