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Former Idaho non-profit leader faces theft charges

The former leader of an Idaho nonprofit group that helps people with disabilities has been served a felony summons after law enforcement said she embezzled more than $100,000, resulting in some employees losing their benefits.

The Idaho State Journal reports that 35 charges are possible against Nancy John, former chief executive officer at New Day Products and Resources, after a 1½ -yearlong Pocatello police investigation.

John turned herself in to authorities July 26 and was allowed to remain free. She’s scheduled to make her initial court appearance Aug. 9.

Bannock County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney JaNiece Price said she declined to pursue John’s arrest based on her record and because she likely won’t take off.

“In dealing with embezzlement cases, you have to do a pretty thorough investigation,” Price told the newspaper. “It’s a detailed process that takes a lot of time verifying information on both sides.”

Phone numbers linked to John were disconnected. A search of public records by The Associated Press indicates she has had an address in Glendale, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix, since June.

New Day provides employment opportunities and critical services to about 150 local residents with developmental disabilities.

Price said each felony count carries a penalty of up to $100,000 and 14 years in prison.

More than 30 employees say they lost benefits due to John’s theft, with some saying they discovered several years in which the federal government had no record of receiving Social Security payments deducted from their paychecks.

John is accused of transferring funds for personal use and using the company credit card to make personal purchases.

Kathy Wheatley, production manager at New Day, said she and the other employees learned they lost their insurance due to a funding shortfall stemming from the alleged theft.

“No other options were presented,” Wheatley said.

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