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Woman who headed two St. Paul nonprofit orgs admits to embezzling $460,000, using state funds meant for poor Minnesotans to pay her bills instead.

"The head of two St. Paul nonprofits pleaded guilty Thursday to using hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money for her family's personal finances. Roberta Barnes, 57, of St. Paul, who headed the Sierra Young Family Institute and Agape House for Mothers, pleaded in federal court in Minneapolis to one count of mail fraud for stealing more than $460,000 in state and federal funds since 2002. Barnes applied for the funding for programs that would ostensibly combat teen pregnancy for minorities in St. Paul and provide housing assistance to needy families. She admitted to creating fraudulent invoices that reflected false expenses and instead used the money to enrich herself and her family." -- Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press

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