Haitian Charity From a Convicted Cheat

Suzie Graf might have a criminal record, but those PODS full of donations she solicited are on their way to Haiti

It’s perhaps worth noting that steps eight and nine of the so-called 12-Step Recovery Program call for making a list of all the people you’ve hurt in your life and making amends to them. Graf’s former best friend, the woman who went into business with her and lost everything, says she’s never received a telephone call from Graf apologizing for what she did. “I loved her as a friend,” the woman says. “If she called me and was straightforward and honest and accountable, it would make all the difference in my heart. I would forgive her. It’s just a phone call, and that’s what truly hurts.”

Editorial Intern Sandeep Abraham provided research assistance for this story. Portions of this story originally appeared on the Weekly’s Navel Gazing blog.

nschou@ocweekly.com

John Gilhooley
Graf stands next to a trio of storage containers outside her San Clemente house. At press time, the containers were on their way to aid earthquake victims in Haiti
John Gilhooley
Graf stands next to a trio of storage containers outside her San Clemente house. At press time, the containers were on their way to aid earthquake victims in Haiti

This story appeared in print as "Giving Back? Suzie Graf of San Clemente might be a convicted felon, but those PODS full of donations she solicited are on their way to Haiti."

 

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