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D.A.: Woman stole from Toys for Tots

April 2, 2009 |  9:49 am

Badbad A 73-year-old woman in San Ysidro has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than 11,000 toys over several years from the Toys for Tots program and selling them, the San Diego County district attorney’s office said today.

Virginia Kelly was a longtime foster mother and president of the Latino Foster Parents Assn. Welfare officials have removed the foster children from her home.

“Stealing from a charity and depriving needy children in San Diego of the chance to get a new toy is despicable,” Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said.

Kelly was arrested Wednesday and is set to be arraigned on charges of grand theft and embezzlement in San Diego Superior Court today. If convicted, Dumanis said, Kelly could be sentenced to up to four years in prison.

-- Tony Perry

Photo: San Diego County district attorney's office