MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - An official of a northern Indiana animal shelter
has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the organization.
LaPorte County prosecutors have filed felony forgery and theft charges
against 41-year-old Jennifer Westphal of Michigan City over the money
missing from the Michiana Humane Society.
The LaPorte County Herald-Argus reports Westphal has been director of
shelter operations for the Michigan City-based group that cares for about
1,500 animals a year.
Michigan City police Detective Steven Alt says an audit alerted the group
about the fraud in April and that heís still investigating how much money is
missing. Westphal is charged with forging checks since 2007.
Westphal couldnít be located for comment because no phone number is listed
in her name. Court records donít yet list a defense attorney.