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 Womens 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 nonprofits coffers, according to a St. Helens Police Department press release.
Following 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 departments attention.
She worked there and apparently had been terminated from employment, but they brought this to our attention and weve 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.
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