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Former Denver-area charity director gets deferred sentence in theft case

Posted at 1:18 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 15:18:21-05

DENVER — A former Denver-area charity director was given a deferred sentence of four years in a theft of the charity's funds, according to court records.

Frank Gale pleaded guilty in January to money laundering and theft. Other charges in the case — including an additional charge of theft, attempting to influence a public servant, offering false statement, forgery and motor vehicle theft — were dismissed.

Gale was the head of Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services, Inc., a nonprofit group which worked on behalf of immigrants to help them resettle.

According to a news release from the district attorney's office, between November 2015 and April 2017, Gale wrote $48,668 in checks to himself from the ERIS account and deposited them into an account he established for his minor son.

The indictment alleged that Gale would then withdraw the funds from his son’s account to other accounts under his control, ultimately resulting in the theft of approximately $50,000.

Gale was also the executive director of the Colorado Police Officers Foundation, a charity that raises money for officers' families. Gale is no longer the director of the foundation, according to its website.