Va. woman defrauded camp for at-risk youth

NORFOLK, Va. — A Norfolk woman faces up to 20 years in prison for defrauding a boot camp program for at-risk youth.

Donna M. Barrett pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to mail fraud. She’s scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 12.

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride says the 45-year-old Barrett took more than $42,000 from the Commonwealth Challenge Program while working as its business manager between 2006 and 2009.

MacBride says Barrett also obtained scholarship money from the Challenge Program Parent Association by misrepresenting that her daughter was an alumnus of the program.

The residential program is based at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach and is operated by the Virginia National Guard.

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