Nonprofit Exec Charged A Second Time

A woman on probation for defrauding a Minnesota nonprofit was charged with theft from yet another.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Cynthia Waight was charged with one count of identity theft and one count of theft by swindle. She was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for allegedly taking more than $80,000 in federal money.

Waight, 54, managed the Crisis Housing Fund at Vail Place in Minneapolis, Minn., from October 2015 through January 2017. The program is intended to help people with mental illness find housing. Waight allegedly would submit a number of applications for the Crisis Housing Fund each month and would write the check out to cash instead of the landlords or management companies.

In the other case, Waight was charged in 2016 with two counts of theft by swindle after she embezzled more than $25,000 from the nonprofit Resource Inc., which helps underserved populations. She pleaded guilty to one of the counts. She was sentenced to 60 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse.

According to prosecutors, casino records show Waight had gambled more than $1.6 million and lost nearly $100,000 in the 2015 to 2017 period.