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December 26, 2008 permalink
Were you suckered by one of those charities soliciting money to buy gifts for foster kids? In New Mexico two women, one an employee of CYFD, the Child Youth and Families Department, stole the bank cards intended as Christmas gifts for foster children.
This continues the pattern set by Canada's Easter Grinch. While the amounts are petty, few things better illustrate the contempt and depravity of social workers than their habit of stealing from their wards.
Two arrested on gift card theft charges
Freedom New Mexico, December 24, 2008 - 5:48PM
A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children.
The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department.
Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering with evidence, and Bernadine Gutierrez, 46, of Logan, was charged with accessory to tampering with evidence, the release said.
Both subjects were released on bond
Eleven gift cards, worth $25 each, were reported missing on Dec. 9, according to documents filed at Quay County Magistrate Court. The cards were intended for foster children under the care of the Children Youth and Family Department.
During police interviews, Dominguez said she visited her mother, Gutierrez, an employee of CYFD. Both had been invited to help wrap packages for foster children, the court papers said.
"Ms. Dominguez stated that she removed all of the missing boxes containing gift cards and took them to her house," according to the court records. "Ms. Dominguez stated that later she felt guilty and eventually told her mother that she did have the cards.
Court records note further that, “Ms. Dominguez stated several times that her mother had told her to not use the cards and to get rid of them. Ms. Dominguez advised that she had cut up seven of the boxes and cards and flushed them down her toilet but became concerned about clogging up her toilet so she stopped. Ms. Dominguez stated that then (she) threw the remaining boxes into the dumpster at her apartment complex. Ms. Dominguez eventually admitted that she used that card at K-mart."
The cards had been reported stolen to Kmart and the police located Dominguez when she had tried to use the gift cards, the court documents said.
"It is a shame that any adults would take gifts intended for foster children, especially at this time of year," Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said.
Hatcher also said he hopes the citizens of Tucumcari do not let this deter them from being generous in giving to children.
Source: Clovis News Journal