Ex-head of Project VetCare pleads guilty, agrees to repay $99,500 she stoleBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
August 29. 2018 2:10PM
NORTH HAVERHILL — The former executive director of Project VetCare Inc., a Hanover-based nonprofit formed to aid veterans in the Upper Valley, pleaded guilty to eight counts of theft by unauthorized taking and was sentenced to serve up to seven years in the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women.
As part of a fully-negotiated agreement with the state, Danielle Goodwin, 47, of Kingsford Road in Hanover was also ordered to make restitution of $99,500.45 when she appeared Monday in Grafton County Superior Court before Justice Peter Bornstein.
Under the terms of the agreement, Goodwin’s sentencing was broken up into two parts, each covering four charges, with the sentence on the first charge in the first group requiring Goodwin to immediately serve no fewer than three and a half years and no more than seven years in prison.
One and a half years of the minimum sentence on that and the three other charges in the group would be suspended for five years, conditioned upon Goodwin’s good behavior and cooperation in any future criminal cases arising from the illegal actions of people connected to the now-defunct Project VetCare.
Goodwin will serve the sentences on all four charges in the first group concurrently, whereas she will serve the sentences on the four in the second group consecutively.
On each of the charges in the second group, Bornstein ordered Goodwin to serve a sentence of no fewer than four and no more than eight years, with all of the minimum and maximum sentences suspended for 10 years.
Established in 2012 and registered with the Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Unit in 2013, Project VetCare came under scrutiny by the CTU in March 2016 after a report that Goodwin was using the charity’s assets for her own benefit, as well as the benefit of her family, an employee and some members of the board of directors.
According to court documents, Goodwin confessed to writing nine checks to herself for $5,000 each, spending $2,577 on a Caribbean cruise and paying $1,209.66 to cover her son and daughter-in-law’s property taxes in Eden, N.C.
According to the court documents, she additionally gave a check for $4,995 to her son and a check for $7,005 to her daughter-in-law; racked up charges of $4,346.08 at a home-improvement store; paid $15,012 for heating oil; and paid for window and cabinet improvements to her home that totaled $19,355.71.