Former executive accused of defrauding Baker County nonprofit

Published on October 12, 2022 at 3:14 pm

The former executive director of a Baker County nonprofit was arrested this week on four felony charges after an investigation uncovered fraud and theft of funds from the organization, authorities said.

Lea Rhoden, 42, is charged with grand theft, scheme to defraud, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery, according to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Sheriff’s Office said her arrest was the result of an investigation that focused on Rhoden’s “inappropriate spending” during her five years as executive director of the Baker Prevention Coalition, whose website describes the nonprofit as a community-based, anti-drug coalition serving Baker County residents.

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