The CEO of a prominent local charity could face up to a year in prison following charges of theft. Linda Greene, CEO of Impact with Hope out of Waterville, plead not guilty in Wood County court Tuesday to charges of felony theft stemming from accusations that she stole thousands of dollars that were donated to help tutor children.
Greene faces felony theft charges which carry a possible sentence of between 6 months to a year behind bars and a $2,500 fine. A pre-trial hearing has been set for January 29th.
When we spoke to Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson last week, he was unable to speak at length about the case as it was, and remains, ongoing, but he was able to discuss the charges filed. "Some individuals came forward saying that they had donated money to the organization that was to be specifically earmarked for certain purposes for the children and they found out that money had never been provided for those particular purposes," says Dobson. "We're talking about several thousand dollars. I don't want to get into the exact amount, but there were people that were donating substantial amounts of money."
Dobson confirms the children named as the reported recipients of the services haven't even lived at the facility for some time. Greene has denied all charges and declined to comment on these latest revelations.