Four women arrested in connection with theft
FAYETTEVILLE — Four former Fayetteville Health and Rehabilitation Center employees are under investigation on suspicion of spending more than $14,000 without authorization, according to an arrest warrant affidavit Friday.
Jennifer Thumser, 44, of 2120 W. Wedington Drive turned herself in to law enforcement officials Friday and was booked into the Washington County Detention Center in connection with conspiracy to commit theft of property and conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card.
Nichole Brennom, 42, of 3837 W. Brightwater Place, Kristy Kennamer-Hunt, 52, of 574 Elk Ave. in Elkins, and Diana Vanwinkle, 47, of 3942 Rochester Circle, Apt. 102, in Springdale were arrested Thursday in connection with theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card.
All worked at the long-term care and rehabilitation facility at 3100 Old Missouri Road.
Jane Nemetz, a former administrator, told police Thumser helped three other women spend unauthorized money at a Harps Food Store last year, according to the report. The purchases were made Sept. 30 through Nov. 23.
The investigation began Dec. 23. The employees racked up $14,772 on the account. The items purchased included 29 gift cards. The account was meant for small purchases, up to $200 on average, but the highest expenditure was $1,380 on Nov. 23, according to the report.
The women must have worked together, Nemetz told police.
Brennom was authorized to sign for expenditures when Nemetz was not at work, according to the report. Vanwinkle worked in the activities department, assisted in transportation and also was a supply clerk. Kennamer-Hunt was a licensed practical nurse. Thumser was the financial specialist and prepared the paperwork Brennom signed, according to the report.
Thumser was not seen on Harps video surveillance making purchases with the other employees.
All the employees were suspended, according to the report.
Nemetz no longer works at the center, a secretary said Friday. Further questions were directed to administrators and a message was not returned.
All four women were released from the Washington County Detention Center with bonds of $2,500.