Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Steal From The Rich To Give To Myself

It's rare to find anyone like Robin Hood these days considering it's illegal to steal from anyone let alone the rich, and even if someone did steal, nobody would give away the loot. If you're going to steal something, you might as well reap the benefits. Jessica Hardy managed to do her own opposite Robin Hood impression. Hardy was the Northeast Chairperson of the Make-A-Wish foundation. Can you guess where this is going? She embezzeled over $100,000 by making up fake children whose wishes were all her own.

Funny how lots of ill kids wanted so many things to improve the regional director's house.

She created kids who were terminally ill and happened to want items that seemed to show up at her house. She invented 20 kids and kept the money for herself. Some "kids" wished for her to get a hot tub, new computer, Packers tickets, Super Bowl tickets, home remodeling, shopping sprees, the obligatory Disneyworld trip, and other lavish trips. She created false files and doctor notices for 9 years. Oh yeah, she also took money by changing post-auction bids all in honor of some deceased children.

A modern-day anti-Robin Hood.

Her friends who received gifts have been cleared, but how come they never had any desire to question how the gifts got there? They probably figured they were better off not asking because what they didn't know wouldn't hurt them. I'm surprised that lots of things were going to Hardy's address didn't automatically raise a red flag earlier than the 9-month surveillance. At least she has been caught and will get what she deserves which is everyone's wish. (I know it's a corny line, but I couldn't do much with this story.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She plead guilty and was sentenced yesterday (1/16/07) to 3 to 6 years in prison, thank goodness. As a former employee of this chapter (who quit becauase of her "leadership") I could not be any happier with this outcome!