Crimestoppers employee arrested for stealing reward money

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon Regional Crimestoppers employee was arrested Friday for stealing money from the program.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Helen Jones is charged with four county of fiduciary theft. Investigators say Jones misappropriated funds that were allocated for tipsters and arranged for an accomplice to pick up the reward money.

Jones identified the accomplice. Investigators say they will charge the accomplice once enough evidence is gathered.

Macon Regional Crimestoppers Chairman Warren Selby Jr. contacted Bibb and Houston investigators after a standard compliance review revealed inconsistencies with Jones’ invoices and paperwork. Authorities determined Jones processed fraudulent invoices totaling less than $1,800.

The sheriff’s office says Jones was responsible for handling the paperwork associated with the reward money. She also influenced the system through false invoices to allocate reward funds so her accomplice could receive the money.

“As we celebrate 15 years of assisting law enforcement in the apprehension of thousands of criminals in Central Georgia, I am pleased that our program has checks and balances in place that quickly discovered these fraudulent activities by a newly hired assistant,” Selby said in a statement. “Our program continues to do great things for our community and our Board of Directors takes seriously the responsibilities placed upon us by the community and especially our donors.”

Crimestoppers is a program that offers reward money for those who call in tips about crimes in Middle Georgia. Tipsters cans remain anonymous and can receive reward money for tips that lead to arrests.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500.