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Case # 17NF0906
Date: July 7, 2017
FORMER TREASURER OF NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER CHARGED FOR EMBEZZLING $286,854
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The former treasurer of the then-National Parkinson Foundation Orange County Chapter (NPFOCC) was charged today for embezzling $286,854 from the non-profit foundation. NPFOCC is now known as the Parkinsons Association of Orange County.
Judith Woodhouse, 52, Irvine
(1) Grand Theft
(45) Fraudulent Use of Access Card
(3) Money Laundering
Aggravated White Collar Crime – Over $100,000
Property Loss – Over $200,000
42 years and four months in state prison
July 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Dept. CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana
Circumstances of the Case
On May 14, 2008, Woodhouse was appointed treasurer of NPFOCC.
Between Jan. 2009 and Apr. 2014, Woodhouse is accused of being a signatory on all NPFOCC accounts and making unauthorized cash withdrawals and several debit transactions to various commercial businesses, in violation of NPFOCC financial rules.
The defendant is further accused of providing false reports to board members of the chapter’s account balance.
In 2014, NPFOCC noticed several discrepancies after looking through various bank statements and reported the suspicious activity to Irvine Police Department (IPD).
Woodhouse is accused of being linked to various unauthorized transactions through a forensic review of NPFOCC’s bank records.
IPD investigated this case and arrested Woodhouse yesterday.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Nagy Morcos, Major Fraud Unit