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Goodwill Industries Santa Clara County Emerges From Embezzlement Scandal; Prison Sentences Imposed On Family Theft Ring.

SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850.
, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1998--Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
Santa Clara (sän`tä klä`rä), city (1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central Cuba.
 County President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  Hugh Barnett said today he was hopeful that the charity can now begin to leave its ordeal behind as history and move forward, one day after five members of a family theft ring, who stole millions of dollars in goods and cash from Goodwill, received prison sentences ranging from 16 months to four years.

Barnett said that while "we're pleased that the court has ordered these criminals to be imprisoned im·pris·on  
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.



[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en-
 for breaking the law, we are disappointed the law provides such a short sentence for crimes that caused great harm to the community and to the reputation of our charitable organization This article is about charitable organizations. For other uses of the word charity, see Charity.
A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is an organization with charitable purposes only.
."

Before denying probation and issuing sentences, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Melinda Stewart yesterday said, "They greedily and selfishly enriched themselves at the expense of Goodwill and the donating public." Stewart called their actions "the ultimate violation of community trust."

Linda Faye Marcil, the alleged ringleader ring·lead·er  
n.
A person who leads others, especially in illicit or informal activities.


ringleader
Noun

a person who leads others in illegal or mischievous actions

Noun 1.
 of the family theft ring, was sentenced to four years in prison. Her sisters, Bonnie bon·ny also bon·nie  
adj. bon·ni·er, bon·ni·est Scots
1. Physically attractive or appealing; pretty.

2. Excellent.
 Marcil and Ellen Salas each received three-year prison terms.

A fourth sister, Dale Rice, was sentenced to two years. The sisters' brother, Cliff Miller, received a lighter sentence of 16 months. In addition, Judge Stewart imposed restitution fines and said she will determine in the next 30 days the amount of restitution each will be required to pay Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara for their involvement in the embezzlement embezzlement, wrongful use, for one's own selfish ends, of the property of another when that property has been legally entrusted to one. Such an act was not larceny at common law because larceny was committed only when property was acquired by a "felonious taking," i. .

Sentencing for Mike Mitchell Mike Mitchell may refer to:
  • Mike Mitchell (baseball player) (1879-1961)
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, who is Bonnie Marcil's son, was delayed until next week because of his attorney's absence. The case against a seventh individual, Jeffrey Marcil is pending.

Yesterday's court action brought the beginning of closure to a process that was triggered by a Santa Clara County District Attorney investigation in September 1997. The investigation led to the arrest of the family theft ring. They were charged with conspiracy and theft of donated goods and cash register receipts from their employer, Goodwill of Santa Clara County.

The four sisters were long-time Goodwill store managers. All of the individuals with the exception of Jeffrey Marcil pleaded no contest to the charges.

"I would like to express our outrage at these individuals who betrayed the community's trust, who violated the community by stealing from Goodwill and using the profits for their own greed," Goodwill Board Chairman Alan Richter said in Judge Stewart's court prior to sentencing. "The victims were these unserved members of our community, still out on the street or without an opportunity to gain a useful skill in order to escape a life of poverty or dependence upon public welfare," Richter said.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Lowney, who led the embezzlement investigation, said the "judge could have given these people probation and she did not. The prison terms were appropriate and will probably be an effective deterrent."

Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara County provides training and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Revenues from the organization's 11 thrift stores fund Goodwill Industries training programs.
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