POLICE: Woman Targets Mentally Disabled In Thefts

A woman who oversaw money for mentally disabled people in Pitt County is accused of stealing money from those residents.

Temeka Brooks, who was an operations manager for Arc Services, is charged with nine counts of embezzlement, seven counts of exploitation of a disabled person, two counts of credit card theft and two counts of credit card fraud.

Greenville police say Brooks converted residents Social Security money and three of their payroll checks to her own use. She is also accused of using business credit cards to make personal purchases.

Arc Services, which is owned by Monarch, operates several group homes in the area for mentally disabled people. CEO Peggy Terhune says their internal systems turned up a reg flag and notified police. She says all of the residents money--which amounts to just under $10,000--has been repaid by the company.

Terhune said they do criminal and background checks on all employees and nothing came up in Brooks' case.

Brooks was released on a $7,500 secured bond.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Freind on Apr 17, 2010 at 08:53 PM
    The person from Rocky Mt needs to get life her husband has nothing to do with the crime that she did. You have to know her personal business to keep making comments like that towards her. Like you said KARMA catches up with so be carefully wat you say about people. Nobody is perfect so she is untitled to make mistake and learn from them. Which i am sure that she is learning from this mistake that she has made. So wateva her punishment is let GOD give it to her and not NOBODY else. Temeak is going to make up for this mistake she has made in life and people will still have something to say negative about her. This comments are making Temeka stronger not waker.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: ROCKY MOUNT on Apr 17, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    Temeka had plenty of time to think about her action before she even STOLE from the people she served.If she needed extra income she should have made her husband go to work. NOW WHAT DID I SAY.
  • by ? Location: Greenville on Apr 15, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    Again, stealing is not a mistake, its something premeditated and planned, it's wrong to steal anything, whether it's a pen, post its, money (especially with a vulnerable population) and again, I don't support this action, most people have had their hand in the cookie jar and probably stole a cookie or two, again, I hate this happened, as I advocate for people to the best of my ability, I am also very outspoken and know more things than I probably need to know about prominent people in the community that are doing, or have done things, but if they get caught, they get caught on their own unless it is a crime of stealing, hurting a human being physically, emotionally, etc.. and I have gone to bat and have been outspoken totally in this field, and all I will say is that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, again, Temeka is a good person, what she did I don't support and disappointed, Temeka is a strong-assertive female and I pray for you Temeka* Be strong!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    This is so far from a mistake! Stealing from others is not a mistake. The community is not judging her?? Its facts!! Ms. Brooks just got her hand caught in the cookie jar :(.. And thats all we can do i pray 4 her and her family
  • by ? Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    I want to put my name, but know I can't. I work in the field of SW and had several dealings with Temeka, usually I am pretty good with instincts, but I am not going to judge & I pray for Temeka, I am not supporting what she did, as it was wrong, I am sure she knows that already and has read all the nasty comments that so many have written about her as a human-being. I will say that everyone has done something illegal, they just haven't been caught, so no one should judge anyone, as it is not our place. If Temeka is reading this, she may know, as usually I myself am a strong advocate and liked Temeka, as alot of people liked her and she did do some good things, that only some that worked with her knew about through our dealings. It's a big shock, but I am not supporting this action, nor judging. The people you should be more concerned about are our crooked cops/government/ people that are stealing right under our nose, and boom it comes out, or maybe it never does. I only pray 4 her*
  • by Mom Location: NC on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:24 PM
  • by comment Location: support on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    Everyone makes mistakes you cant judge a book by its cover.She will learn from her mistakes. So all these negatives comments are making stronger. For the people that are making negative comments get a life because everyone has done something inembrassing at one point of time, yours has noy came to the light yet and when it do people are going to do you the same way.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Very shocking to hear this about Ms. Brooks cause she always talked down to others like she was better than people. But to steal from people you support is extremely low. Ms. Brooks pretty much ruined her life by doing this crime and embrassed her family in the process.
  • by brooks fan Location: greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    shame on her. I once worked under her. Who would have ever new she would do something like that. Its funny how the mighty got brought down. To think those people trusted her. U SHOULD BE ASHAME
  • by V.H. Location: RockyMount on Apr 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    Well Well Well! I see they finally caught you Ms. Temeka. I hope they throw the book at you for all the lying and under handed things you did and tried to throw it off on someone else. i knew you were gonna get caught eventually.. Shame on you. True everyone makes mistakes but you THOUGHT YOU WERE UNTOUCHABLE!!! Karma will come back around and get you.

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