No Jail for Woman Who Stole From Disabled Children’s Charity

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CLEVELAND —  A former employee of a charitable organization who plead guilty to stealing money destined to assist children with disabilities will not be going to jail for her crimes.

According to Sally Mahoney, Bailiff for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher, the employee, Jennifer Summer, was spared jail-time at sentencing on Wednesday. Summers, 39, of Highland Hills, has been placed on three-years of probation.

Summers plead guilty on July 23 to several felony charges, including grand theft, unauthorized use of property and communications fraud.

Patricia Nobili, CEO for the Achievement Centers for Children, based out of Highland Hills, a non-profit organization providing services and programs that aid children with physical, emotional, neurological and developmental disabilities, told Fox 8 News that Summers stole from the organization.

According to a statement provided by Nobili, the Achievement Centers for Children began noticing financial irregularities with their payroll in 2011.

Nobili says that authorities were alerted and an investigation was conducted.

Through the course of the investigation authorities discovered that Summers had stolen nearly $18,000 from the organization over several months.

Summers had worked at the Achievement Centers for Children for two-years, according to Nobili. Summers has since paid restitution in the amount of $20,067.10 to the non-profit.

Mahoney says that if Summers violates any terms of her probation she will be heading to prison for three-years.