Melissa Ann Goodwin, former executive vp/general manager of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday (Aug. 11) after pleading guilty to embezzling a lot more than $3.7 million from the building blocks in February.
William Campbell Jr., U.S. District Judge for the center District of Tennessee, also ordered Goodwin to cover $3.9 million in restitution. She may have received up to 20-year prison sentence, but likely received a lighter sentence after cooperating with prosecutors.
As Billboard initially reported in January, Goodwin was charged with wire fraud for embezzling nearly $4 million over a two-year period.
This is an awful situation, in which a trusted person stole from the non-profit organization that delivers vital funds for the fight cancer, said the building blocks in a statement. While we believe justice was served in cases like this, we anticipate seeking full restitution through our pending civil lawsuits against other people who either participated in this scheme or must have caught it before it just happened.
Goodwin continues to be facing two separate civil lawsuits from the building blocks, filed against her among others allegedly mixed up in scheme. The T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research was formed by record executive Tony Martell in 1975, following a death of his son, T.J., from leukemia. Supported primarily by the music industry, T.J. Martell holds multiple annual charitable events, auctions and campaigns with the music community in LA, NY, Nashville and Miami and contains raised a lot more than $280 million.
In accordance with prosecutors, Goodwin used an organization credit card to get approximately $3.96 million in concert and sporting event tickets, including for shows by Lady Gaga and Celine Dion and the Super Bowl. She also allegedly bought seats, alcohol and hotel stays. Goodwin then turned a few of the items to who owns a charity auction business to resell.
Prosecutors also say she falsified charge card statements, created fake expense reports, and replaced the ticket expenses with other vendor names to help make the charges seem to be legitimate foundation expenses.
Goodwins attorney didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment.
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