Former National President of Children’s Blanket Charity, Carol Babbitt Sentenced for Stealing More Than $400,000 from the Organization
PEORIA, IS (STL.News) The former national president of Project Linus, Carol Babbitt, 61, was sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing money from the not-for-profit organization. Project Linus provides handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in need. Babbitt, currently of Asheville, N.C., was ordered to serve 30 months in prison and to pay restitution in the amount of $410,250 to Project Linus and $7,856 to the Illinois Department of Revenue. Babbitt was ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on May 11, to begin serving her prison term.
At the March 4th hearing, prior to sentencing, Babbitt formally entered pleas of guilty to all counts of the indictment which charged her with five counts of mail fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, and five counts of money laundering. Members and directors of the Project Linus organization attended the hearing and provided victim impact statements detailing their devotion to the work of Project Linus and the detrimental impact of Babbitt’s crime to the organization and them personally.
Babbitt served as the organization’s national president, from 2000 to 2016, when Babbitt and the charity’s headquarters were in Bloomington, Ill.