A Richmond, Indiana woman was arrested last week after an investigation into theft at a local developmental disabilities facility.
Preble County Sheriff deputies arrested 44-year-old Kristina Henley after she was indicted by a Preble County grand jury for theft where the victims are developmentally disabled residents at the local facility.
According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, deputies began their investigation in July 2013, after being contacted by Foundations, a residential facility for developmentally disabled residents, located on US 40 near New Paris.
Administrative staff at Foundations noticed inappropriate transactions and receipts turned in by an employee who had access to client accounts, according to Simpson.
Deputies worked with staff members at Foundations in reviewing financial records dating back to 2012. The investigation revealed that the suspect, Henley, was purchasing items at local stores, allegedly for use by the clients, using a checking account at Foundations that she had access to. These items, such as clothing, electronics and gift cards, were items that clients at Foundations would not be able to use, officials said.
In many instances, the investigation revealed that clothing and electronics were later returned to the store for a cash refund, gift cards were used to purchase gasoline, and electronics were used by the suspect, according to Simpson. Deputies recovered an iPad from Henley’s residence. Money was never returned to the individual victims’ accounts after items were returned to the store, he noted. The theft was in excess of $12,000.
The investigation identified 13 victims in this case. Henley was charged with one count of theft, a third-degree felony. At press time, she was housed in the Preble County Jail awaiting her initial appearance in Preble County Common Pleas Court.