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180 days in jail for woman who pleaded guilty to fundraiser fraud

Posted at 8:19 AM, Jan 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-03 11:48:41-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The woman who pled guilty to fraud for a charity started in the name of a child crime victim was sentenced to 180 days in jail Monday.

Randi Romanoff pleaded guilty to multiple charges including fraud and embezzlement.

She started Lights for Layla, A foundation that raised money to put up street lights at local bus stops.

It was named for 8-year-old Layla Aiken, who died in 2019 when a driver hit her as she waited for the school bus.

Prosecutors say Romanoff raised $72,000 for the charity. But investigations revealed some of that money was instead spent on resort vacations, an Xbox video game console and other shopping trips for herself.

The judge ordered Romanoff to pay restitution in the amount of $20,000.