Former Red Cross Employee Sentenced to 8 Years for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Police said Diane Williams overpaid herself from Red Cross funds.

A former American Red Cross employee who was accused of embezzling several hundred thousand dollars from the relief organization has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Diane Williams, of East Hartford, a former employee who worked from the former Middlesex Central Connecticut Chapter from 2001 until 2010, was charged with first-degree larceny.

Several web sites identified Williams as a finance executive for the Red Cross. 

In June 2010, an American Red Cross records review uncovered irregularities in the financial records of the former Middlesex Central Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Red Cross said in a statement.

They reported the discrepancies to the Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Region and the National Red Cross Investigations, Compliance and Ethics Division and the CEO contacted Connecticut State Police.

State police then checked financial records and said Williams had overpaid herself over an extended period of time from Red Cross Funds. 

Williams was sentenced to 13 years in prison, suspended after eight, and five years of probation.

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