Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Disabled Children’s Charity

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CLEVELAND — A former employee of a charitable organization based out of Highland Hills has pleaded guilty to stealing money destined to assist children with disabilities.

The online court docket for Jennifer Summers, 39, of Highland Hills, shows that she entered guilty pleas on Monday to several felony charges. The charges include grand theft, unauthorized use of property and communications fraud.

Patricia Nobili, CEO for the Achievement Centers for Children, a non-profit organization providing services and programs that aid children with physical, emotional, neurological and developmental disabilities, tells 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.

“We are relieved that our internal checks and balances worked to identify the problem, but are disappointed that a former trusted employee, abused our system for personal gain,” said Nobili in the statement.

Summers has been referred to the Cuyahoga County Probation Department for a pre-sentencing investigation and according to the docket she will be sentenced on August 21, 2011.

Summers faces up to three years in prison at sentencing.

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