The manipulative ex-director of an Oregon non-profit tried again; she cried and pleaded, but it didn't work:
The former director of a now-closed nonprofit agency that aimed to help people with disabilities was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail for stealing state and federal grant money given to the organization for at least six years.
She also gets three months of electronic ankle bracelet monitoring, and a couple of years' probation. She also has to pay back the nearly $80,000 she stole. This is long overdue; it's been dragging on for a year and a half, since she was indicted on 14 counts of felony back in mid-2013. She managed to plea-bargain it down to two counts, but she never thought she'd actually spend any time behind bars.
Roberts' attorney and prosecutors asked Circuit Judge Susan Tripp to sentence Roberts to no more than 30 days in jail or to have the sentence spent at home so she could care for her 20-year-old daughter, who is developmentally disabled.
But the judge said the impact that Roberts' theft had on other families who relied on her nonprofit's services was reason for a longer jail sentence.
The judge also told Roberts that she'll be on "an express bus to two years in prison" if she screws up her probation.
One thing's for sure: she threw everything away, and a lot of it went into Oregon's addictive video poker machines. Her reputation's in tatters, and she'll never be able to find a decent job with two felonies on her record.
Worse yet, however, is the damage she inflicted upon families that might have been helped had she not stolen the funds.