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Former Georgetown University Hospital Worker Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money

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WASHINGTON, DC --  A former Georgetown University Hospital employee pleaded guilty Monday to stealing money from a non-profit foundation based at the hospital. 

Frankie Renee Kennedy of Largo pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property in U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The charge stemmed from her theft of $86,286 from the Transplant Institute Foundation, a nonprofit based at the hospital from 2005 through 2009.

Kennedy, 35, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3, 2011. She faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years of imprisonment. Under federal guidelines, Kennedy
likely faces a sentencing of up to 16 months in prison.

As part of the plea, she agreed to pay full restitution to Georgetown University Hospital.

According to evidence at the plea hearing, Kennedy worked at the hospital from 1998 until 2010. Kennedy was responsible for day-to-day operations of the Transplant Institute Foundation, which provided financial assistance to indigent transplant patients to help pay for medication, housing, and other necessities after surgery.

In December 2005, Kennedy began to write checks to herself from the foundation's bank account, using a doctor's signature stamp without the doctor's permission.

Kennedy then attempted to conceal it by putting false information in the check stubs and the memo lines of the checks to suggest that the checks were for foundation purposes. Kennedy deposited the checks into her personal bank account and used the money for her own purposes.

From December 2005 through December 2009, she wrote and deposited a total of 69 checks.

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