MELROSE - Melrose nonprofit Nos Quedamos is moving forward and is stronger than ever after its former executive director and chief financial officer were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing from the charity.
Yolanda Gonzalez was walked from the 44th Precinct in handcuffs after sources say she stole from the organization that was started by her own mother.
According to sources, Gonzalez was removed from her position when accusations first surfaced back in 2011. The attorney general says Joseph Ingenito, the charity's former CFO, was also arrested for helping her cover up the theft.
Chief Executive Officer Jessica Clemente says that Gonzalez and Ingenito do not define the organization's history of funding community gardens, giving away Yankees tickets and providing affordable housing in Melrose.
Meaning "We Stay," Nos Quedamos was formed in Melrose in 1992 and was taken over by Gonzalez when her mother passed away in 2005.
Investigators say that Gonzalez looted the nonprofit of close to $900,000.
Gonzalez is facing felony grand larceny charges and could get up to 15 years in prison. Ingenito faces up to four years for allegedly falsifying business records.
Despite what happened, many of the organization's fans say they will come back.