A St. Paul nonprofit leader pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal criminal charges in the Feeding Our Future case, becoming the 17th defendant to admit guilt in the sprawling fraud litigation.
Sharon Ross, 53, of Big Lake, Minn., former director of House of Refuge in St. Paul, was charged in March as one of the last of 60 people to be charged in the case so far. But her trial was scheduled for Jan. 22, making her the first defendant slated to go to court this month.
Under a plea agreement, Ross pleaded guilty to wire fraud, and additional charges were dismissed. She could face 37 to 46 months in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.