PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — An employee at a local non-profit organization that works with clients who have special needs or mental disabilities is under investigation for theft, KOIN 6 News has learned.
Tina L. Henderson, 40, faces criminal charges that include first-degree theft, identity theft and first-degree criminal mistreatment.
Deputy District Attorney Thomas Mott wrote in a court affidavit filed Friday that the investigation started when an employee at Bethesda Lutheran Communities reported an unusual amount of ATM withdrawals on a victim’s bank account.
The employee told investigators that she works with clients who have special needs or mental disabilities. The employee also said that she worked with the victim to help keeping tabs of financial transactions. Each month, the victim, who KOIN 6 is not identifying for privacy reasons, withdraws $200 each month, police said. However, the employee told police that on one particular bank statement, there were records that showed several withdrawals totaling over $1,400.
When police spoke with Henderson, she told them it was her responsibility to take clients on outings, including taking them off campus, court documents state. Henderson said she helped the victim “make a lot of withdrawals,” court documents state.
Portland police obtained video from two ATM withdrawals that occurred in September 2013.
Harris identified herself in the ATM photos, court documents state. Harris said “she took [the victim’s] money for bills and personal use,” court documents state.
Harris claimed to have only taken $400, but bought items at the downtown Target store including a pair of pants and jewelry, court documents state. Harris estimated she spent $300 – $400, court records show.
Police later reviewed the victim’s bank account from September 2013 and found three ATM withdrawals for $300 and one for $200, court documents state. Police believe Henderson is responsible for making the unauthorized withdrawals.
She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and later released, court records show.