A former daycare director for a Benton church has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars from the daycare accounts and placing into her personal accounts, following an investigation by the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force.
Karen B. Johnson, 46, of the 1500 block of Linton Road in Benton, was arrested Monday on felony theft, false accounting, unauthorized use of an access card and 35 counts of forgery while serving as the director of the Benton United Methodist Daycare.
Detectives discovered evidence that Johnson, who had been the director of the daycare for the past four years, forged nearly three dozen checks and made multiple deposits in excess of $17,000 of daycare money into her personal finance accounts from January 2013 through January 2014. Detectives also charged Johnson with using a church daycare credit card for personal purchases.
Investigators believe Johnson acted alone without any knowledge of church or daycare staff members. She was immediately released from employment from the daycare when the investigation began in mid-January 2014.
Johnson was transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility for booking with a bond of $12,500.
The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is composed of white collar crime investigators with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and Bossier City Chief of Police Shane McWilliams formed the task force in 2012 by combining resources from both agencies to combat crimes such as identity theft, fraud and embezzlement within the city and parish.