Former St. Vincent de Paul bookkeeper pleads guilty to fraud

A Phoenix resident pleaded guilty Friday to bilking St. Vincent de Paul Society Stores of more than half a million dollars while she worked for the Tacoma arm of the charity between 2006 and 2013.

Angela Toney Saucido is to be sentenced Jan. 25 on one count each of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said.

She is expected to be ordered by pay $543,000 in restitution as part of her sentence.

Saucido worked as a bookkeeper for the charity while she lived in Tacoma and for several years after moving to Arizona.

Court records show she used a variety of schemes to transfer St. Vincent de Paul money into her personal accounts, including falsifying records and forging signatures.

A newly hired finance manager discovered the embezzlement last year.

St. Vincent de Paul was forced to close a thrift shop and lay off several employees as a result of the thefts.

On Friday, Charles Thompson, executive director of the Tacoma-Pierce County branch of the charity, said, “It’s what we suspected all along.”

“I think that our reaction is that we’re glad to see that justice is being served,” he said. “We look forward to putting this behind us. We’ve got some avenues that we hope will lead to full recovery.”

Staff writer C.R. Roberts contributed to this report.

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