Bartlett Woman Indicted On Charges Of Embezzling $130,000+ From Adoption/Family Services Agency

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The former office manager for a Christian adoption and family services agency has been indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $130,000 from the business over a five-year period, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.

A grand jury this week indicted Rhonda Eastham, 53, of Bartlett, on felony charges of theft of property over $60,000 but less than $250,000. She is free on $10,000 bond.

Investigators said that while Eastham was employed by Bethany Christian Services she embezzled $130,319.89 between Nov. 13, 2010, and July 20, 2015. She used the business’s petty cash bank account to cash 245 checks made out to “Cash” and endorsed by her.

The investigation showed that Eastham funded the petty cash account by intercepting donor checks sent to Bethany Christian Services that should have been forwarded to the business’s home office in Michigan. She also submitted fake invoices that resulted in the home office reimbursing the local petty cash account.

Eastham resigned from the business in July of 2015.

The case is being handled by Byron Winsett, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Public Corruption & Economic Crime Unit.

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