Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Daniel Broin Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Theft from Finnish American Home Association
Santa Rosa, CA – March 27, 2018 – Defendant
Daniel Broin, 57 years old of Napa, was sentenced on Wednesday March 21st by
the Honorable Judge Averill to serve two years in prison after having been
convicted by a jury in January of embezzling over $100,000 from the Finnish
American Home Association (FAHA). The FAHA provides affordable housing
assistance for the needy and elderly in Sonoma County. State law requires the
prison sentence to be served in the Sonoma County Jail.
Broin was hired
as FAHA Executive Director in November of 2010 and almost immediately began
embezzling funds by writing checks from a business account to pay his personal
rent. He also used FAHA funds to pay for an attorney who represented him in a
civil suit, and for the purchase of a camper. In addition, he made large cash
withdraws from FAHA’s business accounts and then used that money to create
money orders made payable to himself or his personal bank accounts.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “As Executive Director of a non-profit organization,
Mr. Broin was in a position of trust which he abused from the beginning for his
personal gain. This type of theft impacts not only the victim organization but
the community as a whole.”
This matter was
investigated by Detective Piersol with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department
and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi.