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Courthouse watch: 9.22.09

A financial scandal that ravaged a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding low-income people earned the last of two women responsible a felony theft conviction today.

Rachelle D. Solomon, 39, received no jail or probation but was ordered to pay $5,000 to Mid-City Concerns Meals on Wheels in a sentencing deal approved by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price.

“Ms. Solomon’s obviously very sorry about what she did,” her lawyer, Richard Agman, said in court. “Obviously, what she did was wrong.”

Solomon and Cheri Mataya-Muncton, 43, spent thousands of dollars in Meals on Wheels donations on a Florida vacation, Victoria’s Secret shopping sprees, video rentals, lunches, computer equipment, home upgrades and furniture while working for the agency.

Read the rest of my story on Solomon's sentencing in tomorrow's Spokesman-Review.

Read a story on Mataya-Muncton's sentencing in June here, and check out a detailed report of the embezzlement in this story from last summer.

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