Yosemite child care director accused of theft

Union Democrat staff

The former director of a Yosemite National park child care center has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzlement, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Charity Brocchini, 40, of Sonora, was summoned to appear for arraignment on Sept. 8 before Fresno District Court Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone.

Brocchini is charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement for allegedly stealing more than $42,000 from the nonprofit organization which operates child care facilities in Yosemite Valley and El Portal, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Brocchini served as director in 2005 and 2009 of the Yosemite National Park Child Care Center.

Brocchini allegedly used center funds to write herself checks. The money was used for her personal car and insurance payments, credit card debts, and to make personal purchases at retail stores, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.

If convicted, Brocchini faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Wagner said.

For the complete story, see the Aug. 13 edition of The Union Democrat.

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