Former Sullivan County Humane Society treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement
NEWPORT — The former treasurer of the Sullivan County Humane Society pled guilty to embezzling charges in Sullivan County Superior Court last Wednesday.
In a negotiated plea deal Danyle M. Morse, 38, of Woonsocket Avenue, Claremont, was sentenced to serve six months in the Sullivan County House of Corrections in Unity and is to pay $620 in fines and fees. As part of the negotiated plea, Morse also brought a $7,200 bank check to court on Wednesday as restitution, Assistant County Attorney David Park said Friday.
Morse is to report for her jail sentence on March 26, he said.
“She pled guilty to taking the funds and diverting them for her own use whatever that would have been,” Park said.
The Sullivan County Humane Society had been inactive for many years when Cheryl Bromley stepped in as president in 2011. Around the same time Morse became a board member. In August of 2012 the Humane Society reopened a shelter for cats and Morse became the treasurer of the shelter.
Like most people that work for the non-profit, Morse was a volunteer, according to Bromley. The non-profit has only one employee, who works on a part-time basis.Morse left in November when it was discovered that she had taken out two large withdrawals from the Humane Society’s bank account over the past year. Morse was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury Dec. 18 on the charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
The December indictment alleged she withdrew $7,200 from a Bank of New Hampshire money market account belonging to the Sullivan County Humane Society.
Park said Morse also received three years of probation, and was ordered to have no contact direct or indirect with Bromley.