Group home employee charged with embezzlement

2012-06-29T15:44:00Z 2012-06-30T00:00:17Z Group home employee charged with embezzlementGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 28-year-old woman was charged Friday with embezzling nearly $17,000 from her employer, a nonprofit corporation that provides group home services for adults with disabilities.

Jaclyn Renae Rooke, who also uses the last name Crittenden, was arraigned in District Court by video from the county jail on a felony charge of theft by embezzlement.

Judge Mary Jane Knisely set bond at $10,000.

According to court records, Rooke was employed at Residential Support Services, a nonprofit corporation that operates 14 group homes in Billings. Rooke was the manager at one of the homes, and had been issued a Walmart credit card to purchase items for the home.

An accountant reported last August that the Walmart bill for July at the home Rooke managed was $11,342, well above the normal monthly bill of $700 to $900.

An investigation determined that $16,810 in unauthorized purchases had been made on the credit card.

Store surveillance photographs showed Rooke making purchases of alcohol, cigarettes, clothing, jewelry and electronics nearly daily over several months.

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