Woman charged with theft from nonprofit organization

Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2000

A Juneau woman has been indicted on one charge of theft and 20 charges of fraud against a local nonprofit Native council.

Cecelia Marie DeRose-Noe, also known as Cecelia Beierly, was indicted Sept. 29 by a Juneau grand jury for alleged theft from the Tlingit and Haida Community Council between Feb. 22 and June 2 of this year. The council is not the same organization as the Tlingit-Haida Central Council.

The alleged theft was more than $500 but less than $25,000, according to the indictment. Twenty checks she wrote to herself between Feb. 22 and June 9 totaled more than $13,500, the indictment said. All are class C felonies.

District Attorney Richard Svobodny, who appeared before the grand jury, was out of town until Monday and not available for comment.

Judy George, president of the private, nonprofit organization, also appeared before the grand jury. She declined comment and referred the matter to the council's attorney, Stephen J. Pearson of Juneau.

"Currently the case is pending, and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it at this time," Pearson said Friday. "We need to let officials handle it as they see fit. I would not want to do anything to jeopardize their ongoing efforts."

DeRose-Noe, 35, had worked for the council for more than 2 years, first as an administrative assistant, George said. About six months ago, DeRose-Noe was promoted to housing program assistant. She is no longer employed by the council, George said.

Sgt. Kevin Siska of the Juneau Police Department said he did not believe DeRose-Noe had been arrested.

"I expect she'll be summonsed to court," Siska said Friday.

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