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Blotter: Good Sam embezzlement investigation sent to DA's office

Denton police have turned over evidence into possible embezzlement at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village to the Denton County District Attorney's Office for prosecution, according to First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck.  

Denton police are investigating an employee at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village who is suspected of embezzling at least $430,000 from the nonprofit within five years.DRC
Denton police are investigating an employee at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village who is suspected of embezzling at least $430,000 from the nonprofit within five years.

Beck said Monday the office received the case, but it had not yet been assigned to a prosecutor. If the prosecutor decides to move forward with criminal charges based on the evidence, the case will be sent to a grand jury for possible indictment, Beck said. 

A routine internal audit at the senior care campus showed that a former employee embezzled "at least" $430,000 between 2013 and early 2017, police said.

The employee, whose name has not been released, was placed on administrative leave March 10 after a preliminary internal audit revealed the employee embezzled at least $90,000, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said.

The final audit showed the employee embezzled close to $440,000 in a four-year span, police said. Felony fraud charges are pending, Kizer said.

Good Samaritan provides health care and housing for seniors. The 27-acre Denton Village campus in the 2500 block of Hinkle Drive includes an 88-bed nursing home for residents who need skilled care. It also includes about 60 twin homes and 170 apartments for independent seniors.

Corinth police pursuing active leads in homicide investigation

Corinth police have been following up on active leads since Amanda Clairmont was found dead Nov. 19 in a vacant parking lot in the 5700 block of South Interstate 35E, according to Assistant Police Chief Greg Wilkerson. 

No arrests have been made thus far, but Wilkerson assured residents the case has not grown cold. 

"We've got some active leads we're continuing to work with this agency," he said, adding that the release of additional details would hamper the investigation. 

Corinth police officers found the 21-year-old's body during a patrol at about 6 a.m. Sunday in a vacant parking lot next to a Nissan dealership. Wilkerson declined to release the number of gunshot wounds she suffered. 

Clairmont attended the University of North Texas and worked at a Nordstrom department store in Frisco. She had been in the Fry Street bar area hours before police found her body in Corinth, according to a witness and a family member. Between midnight and 1 a.m. Nov. 19, nearby resident Tanya Kiefer said she heard four gunshots but didn't hear a vehicle speed away.

Other reports

2100 block of Spencer Road — A man said his 30-year-old wife bit him Monday at a south Denton home, according to police. The suspect was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of assault causing bodily injury, but the report did not provide further details. 

1900 block of Le Sage Court — A 73-year-old man found the words "Clown House" spray painted on the front of his fence on Sunday afternoon, according to police. 

A neighbor in the north Denton neighborhood initially notified the man of the graffiti. It's unclear whether the writing was visible from the street. 

Denton police did not make any arrests. 

2400 block of East McKinney Street — Police said an 18-year-old girl was assaulted by her boyfriend Sunday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex. 

Police were dispatched to the complex based on a "possible disturbance" and eventually homed in on the source of the call once they arrived, according to a police report. 

Responding officers contacted the victim, who said she and her boyfriend got into a fight in the parking lot. The boyfriend left the scene before officers arrived, and no arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 840 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 35 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 153 calls for service and made 10 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 30 medical calls, three vehicle crashes, two grass fires and two gas leaks.