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Stillborn babies charity head charged with defrauding donors

 


LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The head of a Florida-based charity misappropriated money that was meant to buy cradles for stillborn babies to help grieving families, authorities said Thursday.

Lori Marie Esteve, 53, was arrested earlier this week in Lakeland and charged with scheming to defraud and three other felonies, according to a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services news release.

"The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has zero tolerance for sham charities perpetrating fraud against its donors," Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a statement...



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