Former non-profit employee investigated for embezzling $230,000

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 7:26 AM

AUSTIN -- A former non-profit employee is under investigation for allegedly stealing at least $230,000 from the trust funds of clients. 

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office told KVUE that in a complaint filed with their office from The ARC of Texas, former employee  Deborah “Dee” West admitted to siphoning funds from clients' trust funds and putting the money into her personal account. 

“Internally, our staff, we're crushed. This is somebody we worked with day in and day out, and we find it hard to believe,” said Amy Merida, C.F.O. of The ARC of Texas. 

The ARC of Texas began as a non-profit in 1950 to help and provide advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental challenges. 

West worked for the ARC of Texas for nine years. 

“We've worked really hard to develop a strong relationship, a strong reputation in the communities that we serve, and we're not going to allow this isolated event to tarnish it, to ruin it, and we will continue to work day in and day out for their best interest,” added Merida. 

The ARC of Texas has hired a forensic accountant who is working with the agency along with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the White Collar Crime Unit with Austin Police. 

West has not been charged or arrested.

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