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Woman stole from fund intended for crime victims

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Jennifer Taylor, 60, of Seward, is facing felony theft charges.

She’s accused of pocketing more than $9,000 in money orders form the Lancaster County’s Victims Restitution Fund, a fund criminals put money into to pay back victims they’ve wronged.

Taylor’s alleged stealing went unnoticed for more than three years.

Up until this year, Community Corrections had nothing to do with the fund. Diversion Services, Inc., a nonprofit that Taylor worked for, was contracted to manage it.

Police were alerted a few weeks after county commissioners made the decision to have workers in Community Corrections take over the fund.

"In February, an employee with Community Corrections reported to LPD that they discovered money orders missing. This was after a victim who was owed restitution called Divergent to ask why they weren't receiving restitution payments," Officer Katie Flood, Lincoln Police Department, said.

Police say investigators looked through Taylor’s records and found she had deposited several money orders into her account.

Community Corrections Director, Kim Etherton, says she doesn’t know how Diversion Services, Inc. managed the fund, but says there are plenty of checks and balances now to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

It’s now up to the court to decide how the victims will be paid back.

Again, Taylor is facing 2nd degree forgery, which is a felony.

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