- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The former executive director of a Wilmington transitional housing shelter has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000 in checks meant for the facility.

Court documents obtained by the News Journal (https://delonline.us/2dLKLKO) state that 50-year-old Eric Harris set up an account under the name of the shelter, Sojourner’s Place, and with him as the “sole authorized user.” Harris is charged with depositing nearly 300 checks totaling more than $180,000 since 2013 that only he could access.

Sojourner’s Place spokesman Sam Waltz says the organization is still able to help the 50 people it houses, despite the theft.

A person associated with the shelter uncovered the scheme when three checks they were expecting from the First State Community Action hadn’t come into Sojourner’s operating account.

It’s unclear if Harris has an attorney.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com


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