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Former bookkeeper indicted on theft charges

St. Helens woman allegedly wrote checks to herself totaling about $13,000


A former bookkeeper and account manager for SAFE of Columbia County, formerly known as the Columbia County Women’s Resource Center, was arrested Wednesday, March 26, for allegedly writing checks, payable to herself, that resulted in the withdrawal of approximately $13,000 from the nonprofit’s coffers, according to a St. Helens Police Department press release.

by: COLUMBIA COUNTY JAIL - SimsFollowing the arrest of St. Helens resident Hillary Ann Sims, 40, a Columbia County grand jury met and issued an indictment charging Sims with 10 counts of first-degree theft, eight counts of first-degree forgery, seven counts of identity theft and two counts of second-degree theft, the release states.

St. Helens Police Department Chief Terry Moss said SAFE of Columbia County officials brought the case to his department’s attention.

“She worked there and apparently had been terminated from employment, but they brought this to our attention and we’ve been working on it for some time,” Moss said. "Embezzlement is actually what it was."

Sims has been lodged in the Columbia County Jail with bail set at $25,000.