Rome woman accused of stealing donations from charity

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UTICA — A Rome woman is accused of intercepting donations to a charity in Utica and taking the money for herself, according to the Utica Police Department.

Authorities said Marissa Grant, 26, worked at a not-for-profit organization in Utica that subsists primarily on charitable donations. During a recent fundraising campaign, police said Grant would take checks written to the organization, sign her name to the back and then cash them for herself.

Police said Grant stole several thousands of dollars intended for the charity.

Police said Grant cashed fundraiser checks to herself on at least three occasions. Police said another local business realized their donations weren’t reaching the charity, leading to the investigation. Grant was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Grant is charged with one count of second-degree forgery, three counts of second-degree grand larceny and two counts of petty larceny, police stated. She is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court.

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