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April 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Ex-Kirkland man gets 2 1/2 years for ripping off charity

A former Kirkland man who embezzled more than $112,000 from the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise was sentenced today to 30 months in prison.

A U.S. District Court judge also sentenced Randall Morrison to three years of supervised release and $112,220 in restitution for wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Morrison, 50, was treasurer of the nonprofit, which solicits donations for the Ronald McDonald House and organizes activities and events for seriously ill children and their families. The thefts occurred between 2006 and 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Morrison was hired by the Kirkland-based group in 2005, and moved to Ohio the following year. He remained treasurer for the organization, however, and filed reports by email and telephone, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. Beginning in September 2006, Morrison began falsifying reports and diverting the charity’s money to his own use. He has been on pretrial release since being charged in July.

U.S. District  Judge James L. Robart said Morrison showed “a pattern of someone who has embezzled from employers or a charity that you voluntarily join … .”

Morrison now lives in Tallahassee, Fla. He pleaded guilty in September.

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