Sentencing delayed for charity lead who embezzled over $550K

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FILE – In this June 15, 2018, file photo, cash is fanned out from a wallet in North Andover, Mass. Halfway through the year is an ideal time to check on your finances and prepare for year-end expenses. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — (10/17/19) Sentencing has been delayed for a Louisiana hospital foundation’s former fundraising chief, who was convicted this summer of stealing more than $550,000 in donations.

News outlets report 49-year-old John Paul Funes’ Thursday sentencing has been pushed to Oct. 24 because of a scheduling conflict for the judge handling the case. Funes was fired as the president and CEO of the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation in November and pleaded guilty this summer to wire fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors have said he flew family and friends to LSU and New Orleans Saints football games on charter flights recorded as “outbound patient transport.” They said he also used foundation funds to buy cancer patients gift cards that he used on himself. Prosecutors said the fraud spanned from 2012 to 2018.

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