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Former director charged with ripping off charity for at-risk kids

October 25, 2011 |  3:14 pm

A former executive director of a nonprofit that provides life-skill programs for at-risk youth was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $119,000 from the charity.

Jacqueline Gelfand, 61, allegedly took the money between May 14, 2008, and Nov. 24, 2009, from InsideOUT Writers Inc. She is charged with grand theft.

InsideOUT Writers offers programs for youth affected by the criminal justice system, including creative writing classes for those in Los Angeles County juvenile detention centers and re-entry services for students released from detention.

Gelfand is due in court Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors have recommended the defendant’s bail be set at $119,568.

If convicted as charged, Gelfand faces a maximum sentence of three years in Los Angeles County Jail.

According to the organization's website, Gelfand previously worked as executive director of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, supervising international programs in journalism, music, and cross-cultural dialogue. 

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