The former development director of the Island Hospital Foundation has pleaded guilty to four counts of first degree theft and five counts of forgery in connection with the theft of more than $300,000.
Bernadette Stanek entered the pleas on Friday as part of a deal in which the parties agreed to $140,000 in restitution and dismissal of several other forgery charges. "It's a good resolution," Skagit County Deputy Prosecutor Rosemary Kaholokula told the Skagit Valley Herald.
Sentencing is set for early next month. Prosecutors have reportedly agreed to ask for a 36-month prison sentence.
The loss was discovered a little over one year ago when the foundation’s executive assistant opened a foundation credit card bill and noticed discrepancies.
According to a foundation statement in Sept. 2014, the development director, appears to have written checks and forged the required board member’s signature in order to pay the credit-cart charges.” Meanwhile, finance reports to the board were altered so the funds would not show up missing.
The foundation statement said, “inappropriate personal items and services had been purchased with an Island Hospital Foundation credit card.”
Stanek told police she started the misappropriation of foundation funds shortly after she started in the development director position early in 2011.
The Island Hospital Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports the community hospital.