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Thrown away – Guilty plea

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A former executive of the American Cancer Society was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for stealing nearly $8 million from the charity’s Ohio chapter, The Washington Post reported April 12.

“I had six years of exemplary service with the American Cancer Society, all of which has been thrown away by the bad decisions I have made,” Daniel Wiant said in federal court. “Because of what I did, I threw my lie away.”

Wiant, 36, pleaded guilty in August to bank fraud, money laundering, mail fraud and illegal use of a credit card in thefts starting in 1997, the Post said.

U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. said Wiant, former chief financial officer of the Cancer Society’s Ohio chapter, “stole the hopes of donors.”

Wiant must serve 11.5 years before becoming eligible for release, and must repay roughly $593,000.

For full story, go to The Washington Post.

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