Rehabilitation center under investigation

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A Washington State Department of Social and Health Services audit announced April 7 that almost $305,000 has been stolen from a rehabilitation center for people with developmental disabilities in Bremerton, Washington.

The figure is the first announcement regarding the scope of the investigation by the Bremerton Police Department and DSHS into finances at the Frances Haddon Morgan Center, one of the state’s five rehabilitation centers, according to an article in the Kitsap Sun.

An employee allegedly stole the money by altering documents, such as checks, receipts and purchase requests, to obtain fraudulent disbursements. The employee allegedly stole about $212,000 from the residential trust funds of the individuals living at the facility; about $58,000 from the center’s gift and welfare account, which collects donations; and about $35,000 from the center’s account for emergency needs.

The center fired the employee, one of the center’s financial analysts.

The investigation, once completed, will be forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

The center is  targeted for closure as part of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s plan to consolidate the state’s rehabilitation centers.