Woman who embezzled from ECOSLO, Mothers for Peace is sentenced to jail

Morgan Rafferty
Morgan Rafferty

A former nonprofit group administrator from Arroyo Grande convicted of embezzling thousands of dollars from two San Luis Obispo County advocacy groups has been sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.

Morgan Rafferty, 48, who was sentenced on Friday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, had pleaded no contest to two counts of felony grand theft after being charged with embezzling $31,000 from the anti-nuclear group Mothers for Peace.

She stole about the same amount from the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo, commonly called ECOSLO, according to Dr. Clint Slaughter, who sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Rafferty had been the treasurer of Mothers for Peace and executive director of ECOSLO. Her embezzlements took place between 2007 and 2009, according to court documents.

A hearing before Judge John Trice is scheduled for Feb. 24 to discuss possible restitution. The San Luis Obispo County Probation Department is scheduled to make a recommendation on the amount of money that Rafferty should pay the victims.

The amount that probation officials suggest would be considered by Trice, who has the final authority on the matter.

A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.

As part of her plea agreement, if Rafferty seeks a new job with fiduciary duties while she is on probation, she must disclose her conviction to the employer. Fiduciary duty refers to the legal obligation of one party to act in the best interest of another.

While she is on probation, Rafferty also must not leave California without the permission of authorities.