Orange County Parkinson Foundation Treasurer Charged with Embezzling $286,000
Judith Woodhouse, of Irvine was charged with 54 felony counts including grand theft, fraudulent use of access card, forger and money laundering in Orange County Superior Court. Ms. Woodhouse is set to be arraigned on July 10, 2017 in Central Court in Santa Ana. Included in the 54 felony counts of fraud, Woodhouse faces sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crimes with losses over $100,000.
In 2008, Ms. Woodhouse was appointed the treasurer of NPFOCC, which is the Orange County chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation. In her position, Woodhouse is accused of making unauthorized cash withdrawals and debit card transactions from businesses in violation of foundation rules. In furtherance of this Orange County fraud, Ms. Woodhouse is alleged to have falsified financial records and reports to board members to cover up her activities. It wasn't until 2014 when the foundation realized there were discrepancies with bank statements and reported their findings to the Irvine Police Department. Upon a forensic accounting investigation, Ms. Woodhouse is alleged to have made the unauthorized transactions and was arrested by Irvine Police Department.
If convicted on all white collar charges and enhancements, Ms. Woodhouse faces 42 years in state prison. Seasoned Orange County Deputy District Attorney Nagy Morcos is prosecuting the case.