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Daniel Broin Gets 2 Years Prison for Embezzling Money from Finnish American Home Association

The executive director of a nonprofit association that provides affordable housing for Sonoma County seniors has been sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling $139,000. Daniel Broin, 57, was hired as the executive director of the Finnish American Home Association in November 2010 and almost immediately began writing checks from the association’s business account to pay his personal rent, Sonoma County prosecutors said.

Broin also used the stolen money to pay for an attorney representing him in a civil suit and to buy a camper. Broin also withdrew large amounts of cash from the association’s business accounts to create money orders payable to himself or his personal bank accounts, according to prosecutors.

Broin resigned Aug. 15, 2015, after FAHA leaders noticed it was close to running out of funds and an internal review discovered financial irregularities. Broin will serve his two-year-prison term in the county jail and will be supervised for 90 days after his release. The Finnish American Home Association at 197 West Verano Ave. in Sonoma operates two living centers.

The association has been operating more than 40 years and its facilities include a swimming pool, Finnish sauna, guest units, commercial kitchen, and library.

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