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Warrants: Woman attempted to steal from foundation honoring 17-year-old lifeguard

Posted September 4

— A Raleigh woman was charged Saturday with attempting to steal money from a foundation honoring a 17-year-old lifeguard who was killed last year, according to arrest warrants.

On July 4, Joann Marie Armstrong attempted to cash a forged check from the Rachel’s Writers Foundation in the amount of $650. The following week, Armstrong attempted to cash five additional forged checks from the foundation totaling $2,350, according to warrants.

The Rachel’s Writers Foundation was created in honor of Rachel Rosoff, who was electrocuted last September when she dipped her hand into a pool with faulty ground wiring, received an electrical shock and drowned.

According to the arrest warrant, Armstrong is also accused of stealing $30 in cash from Rosoff’s mother, Michelle Rosoff.

Family members said Armstrong helped run the Rachel Writers Foundation.

Armstrong, 42, of the 8500 block of Neuse Hunter Drive, is charged with uttering a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny.

Armstrong was being held in the Wake County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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  • Linda Tally Sep 4, 8:10 p.m.
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    Sheesh - how absolutely scummy! Curious as to how she got to be part of this foundation - or how anyone gets to be part of one for that matter. Is there a criteria?