Four women ar­rested in con­nec­tion with theft

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - SCAR­LET SIMS Scar­let Sims can be reached by email at ssims@nwadg.com or on Twit­ter @NWAS­car­lets.

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.

Van­win­kle

Thumser

Ken­namer-Hunt

Bren­nom

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