After an extensive investigation, Prineville police took Mary Ann Leon, 42, into custody on charges of aggravated theft in the loss of about $13,000 from Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Center.
>After seven years working with the drug and alcohol treatment center, the business manager is arrested following a lengthy investigation into missing funds
From late 1994 through last August, Leon was the business and support services manager of Rimrock Trails. Tim McKee, Program Manager for Rimrock Trails, said a staff member noticed discrepancies in the financial reports and took the matter to a local accountant. A complete report was then presented to the treatment center's board of directors and the police were called in.
Police Det. Andrea Vaughn said she had begun hearing about it before it came to the police. "I knew about it, but they wanted to take it to their accountant and be able to give it to us in a nice big package."
The official investigation began in October, McKee said, but Leon had been put on administrative leave in August. A phone call to Leon went unanswered.
The amount taken, $13,000, McKee said, is just an estimate. "We'll probably never know exactly how much was taken." Leon is charged with misuse of company credit cards, and, Vaughn said, "there was missing petty cash." McKee, in answer to the same question, added that it appears that Leon had also overpaid herself for vacation time and sick leave.
For all the bad news, Rimrock Trails is still in good shape. Both McKee and board president Linda Garrison and McKee were clear about wanting people to know the alleged crime will have no impact on the service the center offers. In a prepared press release, McKee wrote, "We regret the circumstances leading to this arrest however, it is our belief that in times of adversity we experience opportunities for growth."
Adding to that, Garrison said, "We are looking forward to developing better relationships with the community. This is an opportunity to really grow."
Leon had been taken into custody, lodged at the county jail and released. Her case is scheduled to be presented to a grand jury later this week and she is to appear in court on Dec. 5.