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August 4, 2010 by wcobserver

Secretary Arrested for Theft

By Delcie Kincaid

A former employee of Growing God’s Kingdom, a preschool in West Fork, turned herself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office July 23 after a warrant was issued for her arrest on charges of theft of property.

The owners of GGK, Justin and Marsha Harris, filed a lawsuit July 15 against Kimberly Crabtree,33, for fraud. In the lawsuit, the Harrises maintain Crabtree had taken tuition money, taken sign-in/sign-out sheets, misrepresented payroll and had taken insurance premiums without paying for them. The lawsuit shows Crabtree defrauded GGK out of at least $667 while the Harrises estimated the loss to be between $10,000-$15,000.

According to the warrant affidavit, Crabtree has been accused of felony theft of property from GGK. Theft of property is a Class C felony if the value of the property is for more than $500 and less than $2500.

Crabtree, listed from Ainsworth,Nebraska, turned herself in at 9:11 a.m. after the warrant was issued on July 22. She was released at 10:41 a.m. on $2,500 bond. According to the police report, Crabtree had been an employee at GGK from September 2008 through April 2010.

Justin Harris said he was unable to comment at this time as the case is still under investigation.

The Harrises have operated GGK in West Fork since 2003. GGK is a private Christian preschool with 168 students ranging in age from six weeks to five years old. GGK is funded through tuition and the Arkansas Better Chance program.

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