Red Cross worker convicted of stealing $400,000 loses appeal

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut court has rejected the appeal of a former American Red Cross official who was convicted of stealing more than $400,000 from the organization.

The state Appellate Court ruled Friday against Diane Williams, former finance director of the Red Cross’s Middletown chapter.

The East Hartford resident argued various rulings by a lower court judge were improper, including a denial of her request to have several out-of-state witnesses testify at her trial.

Prosecutors say Williams stole nearly $410,000 from the Red Cross from 2006 to 2010 by inflating her paychecks. She was convicted of larceny and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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