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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

FORMER KIRKLAND RESIDENT INDICTED FOR EMBEZZLING FROM RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITY
Former Treasurer Allegedly Stole More than $100,000 from Holiday Cruise Non-Profit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2011

            RANDALL MORRISON, 49, a former Kirkland, Washington resident, who now resides in Tallahassee, Florida, was indicted today by the federal grand jury in Seattle for two counts of wire fraud.  MORRISON is the former Treasurer of the non-profit Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise (RMHHC) charitable organization based in Kirkland.  The indictment alleges that between 2006 and 2009, MORRISON embezzled more than $112,000 from RMHHC, which solicits volunteers and charitable donations for the Ronald McDonald House, and organizes activities, gatherings, and events throughout the year for medically fragile children and their families.  MORRISON is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on September 1, 2011, in Seattle.

            According to the indictment and a criminal complaint filed last June, MORRISON was hired as the Treasurer for RMHHC in 2005.  In August 2006, MORRISON moved to Ohio, but remained as the Treasurer for RMHHC, making his reports to the non-profit’s board by email and telephone.  Beginning in September 2006, MORRISON began writing checks and wiring funds from the RMHHC accounts which appeared to be for the legitimate business of RMHHC, but were in actuality diverting charitable funds for MORRISON’s personal uses.  MORRISON concealed the thefts by falsifying reports which he emailed to the RMHHC board in Kirkland.  RMHCC was first alerted to the theft in early 2009, when MORRISON’s employer in Ohio contacted RMHHC, because of suspected embezzlement at that company.  MORRISON was terminated from both the Ohio employer and RMHHC in early 2009.

            MORRISON has been on pretrial release in Florida since July.  One of the conditions of his release is that he attend a problem gamblers treatment program.

            The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

            The case is being investigated by the Kirkland Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven Masada.

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