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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to woman accused of embezzling from Sacramento charity?

Q: About 10 years ago, a woman named Linda Anne Coppe was indicted for reportedly pilfering funds from a charity called Christmas in April in which she was treasurer. What was the outcome of that case?

Curious, Antelope

A: Linda Anne Coppe pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento in 2004 to 21 counts of mail fraud.

According to online court records, she was sentenced to 60 months probation. Records also show that she was discharged from probation in January 2006.

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 Sacramento 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.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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