EPD Investigate Fraud Claim

Published 04/23 2014 08:43PM

Updated 04/23 2014 08:48PM

The Evansville Police Department is investigating claims a former case worker from a tri-state non-profit stole from someone she served.

The victim receives support services and is assigned a case manager from Echo housing, a non-profit that helps people with disabilities.
She claims back in February, her former case manager helped her open a checking account for her disability payments.
The woman claims the case manager took a 10% cut which Echo says is absolutely not their policy.
The victim also claims the woman defrauded her out of one month's rent causing her to contact Echo.
In total, the woman claims she lost more than $400. Echo officials say they immediately told police.

Echo says the former case manager recently resigned amid other, internal issues.
But her resignation came before these allegations surfaced.

Stephanie Tenbarge, the Executive Director of Echo housing, says the organization will credit the victim if the allegations prove true.

The suspect's name has not been released.

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