Founder of veteran's non-profit arraigned on embezzlement charges
January 29, 2019
According to a federal indictment, Azevedo-Laboda used funds donated to Boots on Ground for personal bills made out to several companies, including Time Warner, First Energy, and National Fuel.The founder of an Erie non-profit appears in federal court this morning.
Over the years, the Erie Community has gotten to know Venus Azevedo-Laboda for her work with veterans, but today, several of those veterans showed up to the hearing, many saying they're not surprised by the charges.
Azevedo-Laboda is accused of embezzling more than $7,000 from the non-profit she created, Boots on Ground.
The organization provides services to veterans transitioning back into civilian life and recovering from numerous disorders including post-traumatic stress.
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