Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Richmond Woman Sentenced to Prison for Stealing from Disabled Adults

Published on October 30th, 2014

Summary

Kristina Henley used her position at Foundations, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults, to steal nearly $12,500 from thirteen separate clients.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Kristina Henley of Richmond, Indiana, was sentenced to one year in prison by the Preble Court of Common Pleas.  Henley, age 41, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of “Theft from Disabled Persons” (R.C. 2913.02(A)(1)), a felony of the third punishable by a maximum of three (3) years in prison.

Henley was a long-time employee at Foundations, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults located on U.S. 40 in Preble County.  Henley was responsible for purchasing necessities on behalf of the residents using money from each resident’s personal bank account; the accounts held the proceeds of each client’s social security disability check.  After irregularities were discovered in July 2013, Henley was placed on administrative leave and an investigation was launched by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.  The investigation revealed that Henley had been keeping some of the purchased items for her personal use, and had also been regularly returning items and keeping the cash.  Henley engaged in this scheme of theft for over a year, stole from thirteen (13) different disabled adults, and stole in total nearly $12,500.

The sentencing hearing was well-attended, and the Court heard directly from Tracey Ross, director of Foundations, and from Mr. Vernon Schmidt, the father of a Foundations client, regarding the impact these crimes have had upon the victims and their families.  The Defendant expressed remorse and apologized on the record to all of her victims.

Martin P. Votel, Preble County Prosecuting Attorney:  “The Revised Code aggravates the severity of any theft committed against a disabled adult.  This is because disabled adults are particularly vulnerable to those would prey upon them for profit.  In this case, the Defendant abused the trust of her employer and of the clients who relied upon her to provide the necessities of life.  A greater betrayal is difficult to imagine.  The prison sentence in this case, while less than the two (2) years recommended by the state, was necessary to punish the Defendant for her conduct, and to send the message that such crimes will be dealt with harshly by the criminal justice system in Preble County.”