Florida Woman Accused of Spending Money From Crash Victim Charity On Herself

A Florida woman is accused of spending money from a charity organization formed after the hit-and-run death of a young girl at a school bus stop.

Cape Coral Police arrested Randi Marie Romanoff, 31, on multiple charges including grand theft, scheme to defraud, and violation of the Solicitation of Contributions Act.null

Investigators said Romanoff ran Lights for Layla, Inc., named after 8-year-old Layla Aiken. A hit-and-run driver killed her as she waited for the school bus in 2019.

Police said the charity organization raised more than $72,000 in donations to help improve school bus stop safety. Some of the money also went to Layla’s family. However, police said Romanoff used the rest of the money for herself. Police said she paid for utility bills, toll violations, Microsoft/Xbox, shopping, a beach resort stay, and restaurants.

Romanoff was in custody at the Lee County Jail on unrelated charges at the time of her arrest.

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