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Children and Families Coalition Takes Hit From Hefty Theft

A West Virginia non-profit organization that provides assistance to youth and families in struggling communities have accused a former employee of stealing over $60,000 from their funds.

In January, the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, an organization that assists the residents of the state with ways to become involved in strengthening their families and neighborhoods, reportedly noticed $63,000 had gone missing from their funds.

As they tried to find the source of the loss the coalition believed that they had reason to suspect one of their employees as the responsible party.

38-year-old Chris Kimes, who worked for the organization as a director of political affairs, has been accused of embezzling money over a 15-month period beginning in the summer of 2016.

The authorities reported that a PayPal account was set up in the name of Kimes’ partner using the coalition’s credit card. In what they allege was over 80 transactions, Kimes has been accused of putting the stolen money into the account and then withdrawing it for himself.

The organization fired Kimes as soon as they named him the alleged perpetrator, and his partner said that he did not know that the account had been opened in his name.

Kimes was taken into custody and charged with embezzlement for allegations that he illegally dipped his hand into the foundation’s financial resources.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a theft crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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