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Woman charged with stealing money for disabled children

October 3, 2018

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Massachusetts woman embezzled more than $135,000 in taxpayer money that was meant for children with disabilities.

Amy Young, the former director of family support at LifeLinks, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Court records show she used the Chelmsford-based nonprofit to get money from the state to pay for gym memberships, medical bills and home contractors between 2011 and 2016.

LifeLinks provides services and supports for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

An investigation into Young began in 2016 after Facebook messages revealed $2,200 that was meant for a “Parents Night Out” party at a bowling alley actually paid for a sorority reunion party.

Young refused to comment outside court.

LifeLinks told WFXT-TV the theft did not negatively affect services received by individuals and families.

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