AUSTIN -- The former president of Austin non-profit Christmas Bureau, Shon Washington, was sentenced to four years behind bars Thursday.
Washington plead guilty to theft from a non-profit, which is a second degree felony.
Christmas Bureau made headlines last year after Washington went missing, along with thousands of Christmas Bureau dollars.
The Christmas Bureau teams up with the Austin Police Department's Blue Santa program to help families in need every year. The Christmas Bureau's money typically helps families in need that Blue Santa can't.
When Washington wouldn't answer phone calls, an investigation revealed that he had multiple theft convictions from the past. He was charged with deceptive trade by the Texas Attorney General's Office. Austin police believed Washington took money from the non-profit's bank account.
In December 2012, the Attorney General's Office froze the Christmas Bureau's assets and charged Washington with deceptive trade. An investigation revealed Washington as a felon with multiple theft convictions.