The former executive director of a Boston area nonprofit organization for individuals living with HIV/AIDS pleaded guilty today to charges of embezzling more than $100,000 from the organization due to a gambling problem.
Valerie Tebbetts pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to three counts of larceny, and one count of making false entries in corporate books during the time she worked at the Boston Living Center.
She was sentenced to five years of probation. During that time, she is expected to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings, pay $123,500 in restitution funds to the center, and stay away from casinos and Massachusetts lottery games.
Tibbits admitted that she made cash withdrawals of more than $100,000 and also wrote checks to herself, and checks to her landlord.
Board member and client of the Boston Living Center Scott Galinsky said Tebbetts’s actions have imposed great hardship on the organization.
“She has caused tremendous pain,” he said.