Indictment alleges nonprofit leader stole money

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The former head of a nonprofit aimed at helping people with disabilities has been indicted in state court on 14 charges, most alleging she stole from her organization.

The indictment of Janice Roberts alleges theft, aggravated theft and identity theft. Twelve are related to the center she ran, Oregon Parent Information and Training Center.

The Oregonian said its report on the problems led the state Department of Education to pull more than $500,000 in grant funding. The board has since disbanded and the organization closed its office in Salem.

It was supposed to use its federal and state grants to help families navigate the often complex rules and services for children with disabilities.

Most of the organization's duties have been transferred to FACT Oregon, a Clackamas-based group.

 

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