|Published:||Aug 23, 2010 10:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 23, 2010 7:35 PM EDT|
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Goodwill a place devoted to helping people get on their feet. But now one if its own employees is charged with stealing money from the organization.
"It's very disappointing clearly when something like this happens, because it's not just any store they're taking money from," Goodwill Spokesperson Kirsten O'Donnell said.
28 year old Jessica Barfield worked at the Port Charlotte store since January. When the Loss Prevention Manager suspected Barfield was helping herself to cash, they checked old surveillance video. On 3 separate days, they say they caught her stealing more than $1,000.
Friday, they say they caught her again. This time, she made off with about $300 dollars.
"For somebody to be taking money away from our mission, away from our agency, it's not just hurting their co-workers, not just hurting that particular store, it's hurting more than 10,000 people who rely on our services every year," O'Donnell said.
According to the report, Barfield would ring up customers' merchandise for 99 cents. Then, she'd tell the customer the correct amount - $20 for example. - and pocket the difference.
O'Donnell says 85% of store revenue goes to programs helping people with disabilities and low incomes achieve independence.
"This isn't just somebody taking money from us, it's somebody taking money from our mission," O'Donnell said.
Barfield is charged with grand theft.