Ex-Baptist official pleads guilty to improperly using hospital credit card

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Susan Craddock Washabaugh, 50, of Lewisville

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The former director of volunteer services and the gift shop at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that she improperly used a hospital credit card to buy $3,000 worth of items, including an $848 dress for her daughter.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Susan Craddock Washabaugh, 50, of Lewisville, pleaded guilty in Forsyth District Court to eight counts of obtaining property by false pretense, according to court records and her attorney, David Freedman.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill prosecuted the case.

Judge Denise Hartsfield of Forsyth District Court consolidated the charges and gave Washabaugh two consecutive suspended sentences of four months to 14 months in prison. Hartsfield placed Washabaugh on supervised probation for 16 months and ordered her to immediately pay restitution in the amount of $3,153 to Baptist.

Washabaugh had worked at Baptist for 26 years and had been the medical center’s director of volunteer services and the hospital’s gift shop. She is no longer employed at the medical center.

According to arrest warrants, Washabaugh used Baptist’s credit card to make a number of purchases in 2012. On Sept. 12, 2012, she bought Dallas Cowboy cheerleading boots, which cost about $510, and shipped the boots to her daughter, who lived in Raleigh at the time.

That same day, she also bought two ladies dresses – one for $848 and another for $143 – from Nordstrom department store using the hospital’s credit card and shipped them to her daughter, according to arrest warrants. She also bought a book case from IKEA, a lamp, lamp shade, and a rug from Pottery Barn Teen. Arrest warrants allege that Washabaugh also bought a $500 Apple Gift Card and a $410 Apple iPhone with Baptist’s credit card.

In each case, she turned in receipt for the purchases that indicated that she bought the items for “legitimate hospital purposes,” the arrest warrants said.

Freedman said Washabaugh cooperated with authorities during the investigation.

“Up until this, she was considered an exemplary employee,” Freedman said.

The criminal charges came after the medical center conducted an internal audit in early 2013 of Washabaugh’s purchasing history. The audit revealed that several items were purchased using hospital money and kept by Washabaugh for her personal use, Winston-Salem police said last year.


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