Minneapolis woman charged with swindling nonprofit while on probation

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March 05, 2019 12:43 PM

A Minneapolis woman faces charges after authorities say she stole funds from a nonprofit she worked at while she was on probation for defrauding another nonprofit, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. 

The release said Cynthia Waight faces one count of identity theft and one count of theft by swindle. 


The county attorney's office said Waight was investigated by a special agent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for taking more than $80,000 of federal funds.

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The release said Waight worked at Vail Place since 2014, where she managed the Crisis Housing Fund, which helps individuals suffering from mental illness find housing.

The attorney's office said Waight would submit a number of applications for the Crisis Housing Fund each month and would write the check out to cash instead of the landlords or management companies.  

In 2016, Waight was charged with two counts of theft by swindle in connection to her employment with another nonprofit. According to the county attorney's office, she embezzled more than $25,000 from the nonprofit. 

Waight pleaded guilty to those charges in August 2016. 

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