Former ECOSLO director will face jury trial
August 1, 2011
Morgan Rafferty, accused of embezzling funds from two nonprofit organizations, will stand trial in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Sept. 6, more than two years after being charged for grand theft. [The Tribune]
Rafferty, 48, is accused of taking $31,000 from Mothers for Peace, where she was treasurer, and nearly the same amount from the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo, more commonly known as ECOSLO, where she was executive director.
Police reports from Arroyo Grande claim board members from Mothers for Peace told an investigator that they started having problems with their bills from mid-April through June of 2009.
Irregularities were found and when Rafferty was questioned about them she “repeatedly made excuses and would not provide (records and receipts),” according to the police reports.
A subsequent investigation of ECOSLO’s finances found similar alleged improprieties, according to the district attorney’s office.