Mississippi woman sentenced in embezzlement from cancer charity
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzling about $266,600 from a cancer charity.
The Sun Herald reports Melinda Rosetti-Spence was sentenced Monday.
Harrison County Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson also ordered her to repay about $181,000 to Pink Hearts Fund. Her family is paying the balance.
Rosetti-Spence volunteered as treasurer of the charity. Prosecutors say she wrote checks to herself, from the charity, from March 2016 to July 2016. She pleaded guilty this April.
Rosetti-Spence said in court that she "had a gambling problem" and spent the stolen money on bills.
JoAn Niceley, who founded Pink Hearts Fund, says Rosetti-Spence betrayed her, stalked her and tried to discredit her with a board member.
The charity gives wigs and prostheses to cancer patients.