Former executive director of children’s center charged with stealing from facility


HAWTHORNE – The former executive director of the Lois Bronz Children’s Center in Greenburgh was arrested on Tuesday by Westchester County Police and charged with using the center’s funds to pay for personal expenses.

Sonja Washington, 47, of Brewster surrendered at county police headquarters in Hawthorne and was charged with felony grand larceny.

Washington is accused of stealing $6,592 from the center by using a business credit card, paid for and maintained by the facility, to make personal charges and purchases without permission to do so.

An investigation by Detective Dwayne Tabacchi of the General Investigations Unit and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office determined that Washington used the center’s credit card to pay for family vacations, her personal electric and cable bills, and activities related to her children’s sports in the Village of Brewster.

Washington was booked at County Police headquarters in Hawthorne after she surrendered to detectives. She was arraigned in Greenburgh Town Court and released on her own recognizance.