Ex-Big Brothers employee named in 2 other lawsuits

aclark@herald-leader.comNovember 5, 2009 

The woman accused of embezzling $435,837 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has been named in two different complaints seeking financial judgments against her within the past two years.

Bendrea Wilson, the former office manager for Big Brothers, was named in a lawsuit filed last month in Fayette District Court by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. The suit, which is still pending, says Wilson owed the company $3,900 after she was involved in a car accident on May 29. The lawsuit says Wilson caused damage to Amy Reeves in a collision on New Circle Road.

The second suit is a 2007 judgment for a credit card. A Fayette District Court judge ordered Wilson to pay $527.59 to Applied Card Bank after she failed to make her payments, according to court documents.

Now Wilson faces legal action from her former employer.

Big Brothers officials filed a lawsuit Monday in Fayette Circuit Court in which they accused Wilson, who was hired as office manager in May 2008, of forging two board members' signatures on 142 checks.

The checks were made out to five men — Demetrius Davis, Danny Fondren, Emmanuel Marshall and Charles Mealing, all of Lexington, and Marcus Searcy of Danville, the lawsuit states.

The alleged scheme came to light in October, when Central Bank warned Big Brothers about suspicious activity with some checks, according to officials with Big Brothers. The FBI was notified. While being interviewed by agents, Wilson admitted her involvement, resigned and was escorted from the building, said Dale Suttles, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass.

The FBI and Office of the U.S. Attorney have declined to confirm or deny the agencies' involvement in the investigation. No criminal charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

Wilson could not be reached for comment.

According to Fayette County court documents, some of the men named in the suit have previous criminal convictions. Court records show that Davis has been convicted of cocaine trafficking and flagrant non-support. Searcy has been convicted of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and fraudulent use of a credit card. And Fondren was indicted June 16 on a charge of second-degree rape; he has pleaded not guilty.

Wilson was arrested and charged with second-degree assault in June, according to court records. The charge was amended down to fourth-degree assault and dismissed in September.

Wilson had previously worked for Nurses Registry from 2000 to 2007, owner Lenny House said. He declined further comment.

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