A former employee with the Newton Chamber of Commerce has been charged with stealing from the organization.
Harvey County Prosecutor David Yoder says 43-year-old Kayla Tillery was charged Wednesday with forgery and theft. She's accused of forging a $5,500 check in the name of the Chamber of Commerce and with stealing more than $25,000 from the Chamber's "Newton Bucks" program. "Newton Bucks" can be used like cash and are part of program encouraging residents to shop locally.
KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/149wNq5 ) that Tillery has served prison sentences for forgery, theft and criminal use of a financial card in Kansas and in Arizona. She was hired by the chamber in 2012 and terminated Feb. 28.
It was unclear if Tillery has a lawyer.