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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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