Sunday, April 11, 2010
Longtime Community Health Center Director Arrested For Allegedly Misappropriating $236K
Nancy Willis Benefield, 72, of Alvin, Texas, has been indicted on charges she misappropriated some $236,000 from Alvin Community Health Endeavor, Inc. where she has served as Executive Director for 40 years. Benefield was arrested Thursday after she turned herself in to authorities and booked on felony charges of misapplication of fiduciary property and theft. Prosecutors allege that Benefield wrote herself checks in excess of her salary over a period of about three years, between 2004 and 2007. She is also alleged to have inappropriately employed family members, used clinic credit cards for personal purchases and issued checks for expenses not related to the clinic. The clinic has received federal funds to help it operate as a health center for low-income residents.