Former AARP official sentenced for stealing $140k

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 14, 2009; 1:29 PM

A former director of events at AARP was sentenced to three years of probation Monday for stealing $140,000 from the nonprofit group over a three-month period.

Bruce A. Sanders, 55, of the District pleaded guilty in May in the District's federal court to one count of transportation of stolen property. Federal prosecutors alleged that Sanders stole the money between November 2006 and February 2007 by arranging AARP contracts with a sham company he controlled.

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. ordered Sanders to pay AARP $140,079.16 in restitution.

In court papers, prosecutors urged the judge to sentence Sanders to a year in prison. Sanders's attorney, Tony Miles, countered that probation was a stiff enough sentence because it would make it easier for his client to pay back the money.

Sanders declined to comment after the hearing.

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