Woman Arrested For Stealing From Own Charity
Jennifer Claridy was indicted by the Trousdale County Grand Jury on one charge of theft.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Claridy led an charity known as Christmas for Kids. During their investigation they discovered Claridy has written checks to herself from the charity’s bank account.
In all Claridy admitted to stealing almost $10,000.
The 51-year-old was booked in the Trousdale County Jail and then was later released.
The charity is not meant to be confused with Charity 4 Kids, which has a similar title. Its organizers issued the following statement in response to the incident:
"The report of the theft of $10,000 from a organization using the name Christmas for Kids does not reference the Christmas 4 Kids organization that has brought Christmas to countless Middle Tennessee kids since it's start in 1982," said Linda O'Connell, president of C4K. "The Trousdale County-based organization was using our registered name without our permission and Jennifer Claridy, the woman reportedly accused of the theft, has never been associated with our organization. The C4K organization has many checks and balances in place to prevent a theft of any kind. We value the integrity and safety of our program and associated personnel."