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New York AG Sues Ex-NARAL Prez, Accuses Her of Using $250K in Charity Money to Fund Lavish Lifestyle


A former president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York is being sued by the state attorney general for allegedly misappropriating some $250,000 in charitable contributions to fund her own lavish lifestyle.

Kelli Conlin pleaded guilty to criminal charges a year ago, and her lawyer in that case, Robert Anello, said it considered it “patently unfair” for the AG now to revisit the same ground thoroughly examined by the district attorney’s office,” Reuters reports.

Conlin, who made $380,000 working for the organization in 2010, stepped down at the beginning of 2011. She had been with the organization nearly 20 years.

The New York Attorney General’s office said in a press release that its investigation “uncovered substantial additional wrongdoing and seeks to hold Conlin fully accountable for her misconduct.” She previously pleaded guilty to falsifying business records, paid $75,000 in restitution and was conditionally discharged.

The AG’s suit asserts claims of breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation and waste. It accuses Conlin of spending some $50,000 on purchases at stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York and another $50,000 on personal meals. The suit says an additional $17,000 went for a five-bedroom rental in the Hamptons.

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