Pinella County deputies arrested a Florida woman and accused her of stealing funds from a charity for brain cancer research, where she volunteers.
According to the arrest affidavit, Sara Monaco stole nearly $80,000 from Golfers Vs. Brain Cancer, a non-profit that holds fundraisers at East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Largo.
Detectives said Monaco volunteered as the organization’s treasurer and her responsibilities included paying vendors and managing expenses and donations.
Investigators said, in October, the president and chairman of Golfers Vs. Brain Cancer discovered 28 unauthorized checks had been written from the charity’s account to Monaco and her personal business, Apparel World II.
According to the arrest report, she admitted to the organization’s leaders and to detectives that she wrote the checks because her business was “at a loss financially” due to the pandemic.