Ex-chief of Hartford nonprofit pleads guilty to embezzlement

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former president of a now-defunct Hartford community organization has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $205,000.

The Journal Inquirer reports that Karen Lewis of Windsor has received a suspended sentence and probation. The 57-year-old Lewis pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny in Hartford Superior Court.

She’s the former president and chief executive of the South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corp., which operated economic and community development programs in Hartford’s North End before it was dissolved in 2010.

A court document calls on Lewis to pay restitution of more than $205,000.

Lewis’ embezzlement took the form of cash withdrawals from ATMs using SAND’s debit card. Most of the withdrawals, more than $192,000, were at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.

Among the conditions of probation are that Lewis may not gamble.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com

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