Investigation is Ongoing
The Hanover Police have announced that an arrest has been made in an ongoing Project Vetcare investigation.
On Aug. 30, working in conjunction with the NH Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the Grafton County Attorney, the Hanover Police Department arrested Danielle Goodwin, 46, at her home in Hanover, NH, and charged her with Theft by Unauthorized Taking, a Class A Felony. It is alleged that Goodwin exercised unauthorized control of $24,641.11, the property of Project VetCare, Inc., while serving as the charity’s executive director, said Hanover Chief of Police Charles B. Dennis, in a press release.
Goodwin was released on $15,000 Personal Recognizance Bail and is scheduled to appear in the 2nd Circuit District Court in Lebanon, NH, on Oct. 16.
On Thursday, Aug. 24, Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced in a press release that a preliminary report had been issued concerning an investigation into the use of funds at Project VetCare, Inc. Project VetCare, Inc. was established as a charitable organization formed to provide assistance to veterans in the Upper Valley region.
MacDonald stated: “This charity was established to support the brave men and women who have served our country. Some leaders of this charity enriched themselves at the expense of the veterans they were entrusted to help.
“Veterans deserve our respect and support. It is a deeply disturbing breach of trust that funds raised in their name were instead diverted for a cruise vacation, household expenses and tens of thousands of dollars of improper loans to directors. The preliminary report exposes this conduct and sets forth some of the steps for those responsible to be held accountable.”
The Attorney General has supervisory authority over charitable organizations and funds donated for charitable purposes, said MacDonald. “That authority is exercised through the Director of Charitable Trusts. Among other duties, the Director has the authority to investigate charitable organizations. The Director may bring a court action seeking a judgment to remove directors, to require restitution on behalf of the organization and to obtain other relief.”