Lexington police have charged a Frankfort woman with stealing about $40,000 from a non-profit organization that serves disabled children.
Mary Margaret Tincher, 39, a former employee of Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass, turned herself in to police Tuesday. She is accused of stealing the money from the organization over a period of several months.
Tincher was hired as a financial manager at Child Development Centers on Aug. 1, 2009, Roberts said. In September, she allegedly began electronically transferring funds from the non-profit into her personal bank account.
Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said a third-party funding partner noticed "something wasn't right" and reported the suspicion to employees at Child Development Centers, which led to the discovery of the missing money.
Police were notified on June 28.
Steven Loy, president of the board of directors of Child Development Centers, said the organization is working with the commonwealth attorney's office and the organization's insurance carrier regarding an ongoing investigation. Loy said he could not comment further because it was a personnel matter.
Child Development Centers, which provides occupational, speech and physical therapy — in the home and at the center at 465 Springhill Drive — to children with disabilities. The center also offers a children's day care program that contains a mix of disabled and non-disabled students.
Child Development Centers is funded by United Way of the Bluegrass and private donations.
Tincher was taken to the Fayette County jail Tuesday morning. Jail officials said Tincher declined a request to be interviewed. She was released on a $500 bond a short time later, jail spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Taylor said.
Tincher is scheduled to appear in Fayette District Court on July 7 for an arraignment.