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MAKE-A-WISH CEO GUILTY OF EMBEZZLEMENT OF FUNDS


Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Funds from Foundation for Sick Children

Jennifer Woodley admitted to giving herself unapproved bonuses and salary increases — and charging thousands to the foundation credit card for personal expenses

The former CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa has admitted to embezzling $41,000 from the charity that grants wishes to children with cancer and other serious illnesses.

On Thursday, Jennifer Woodley, 40, entered a guilty plea in writing, online court records show.

The mother of two pleaded guilty to two felony counts of first-degree theft and one felony count of fraudulent practices, the Associated Press reports.

Woodley, who became CEO and president in 2019, admitted to giving herself an unapproved bonus and salary increases, charging the foundation credit card for personal use without authorization and making false entries into the organization’s records for those items, the AP reports.

Before Woodley became CEO, her family had been a recipient of the foundation’s generosity when a family member was given a trip to Walt Disney World.

On Tuesday, Judge Scott Beattie accepted her guilty pleas, online court records show.

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