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Former Executive Director of Nonprofit Organization Pleaded Guilty to Wire Fraud


On June 29, 2021, a former executive director of a Kirksville, Missouri, nonprofit entity that provided various services, including shelter, to domestic violence victims and received funding under the DOJ Victims of Crime Act, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.  Kimberly LeBaron was charged in the Eastern District of Missouri.  According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, from on or about March 29, 2016, through on or about June 7, 2018, LeBaron transmitted multiple invoices through a combination of mail and email transmissions that contained materially false information regarding services provided under the grant, such as inflated numbers of shelter stays, which defrauded the U.S. Government of approximately $173,000 in grant funds.  The investigation is being conducted by the OIG’s Chicago Field Office, the OIG’s Cyber Investigations Office, the Missouri Department of Social Services, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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