The Alabaster Police Department says that a woman has pleaded guilty to theft after soliciting funds for the Linda Nolen Learning Center and keeping the money for herself.
Police say Roseanna Paulin Borelli, 43, of Alabaster, was sentenced to 36 months in prison but that sentence was suspende to 5 years probation. Borelli is also ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution.
Borelli was arrested in September 2011 after an investigation into her fundraising, which she said was to build a playground for the Linda Nolen Learning Center, which is a Shelby County School for special needs children.
"She would tell people that these were tax deductable donations going to the construction of a playground at Linda Nolen Learning Center," Chief Curtis Rigney said in a press release. "She raised thousands of dollars. Our investigation showed that none of the money ever made it to the school."
Rigney says Borelli solicited donations from individuals and companies. He says Borelli using the money to pay for online dating services, hotels, clothing and restaurant visits.
Police say that Borelli was arrested again in March 2012 and charged with theft by deception second degree.
"That charge came at the conclusion of our investigation into her soliciting donations for her son's medical expenses," Rigney said. "Less than one half of one percent was spent on medical expenses."
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