Long after she went to jail for stealing nearly $1 million from local charities, the legacy of Louanne Aponte continued to ripple through the Austin nonprofit community.
Nonprofits still had to assure wary donors that their charities were trustworthy. They painted Aponte as one bad actor who plundered donor money and betrayed the public trust. And they could point to her 25-year sentence as proof that such crimes don’t pay.
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