Kirby, TX — Unaccounted for money from the town of Kirby senior center led to the arrest of the center’s executive director.
Norma Reyes Hamby, 66, now faces four counts including theft, destruction of records, financial abuse of the elderly and embezzlement.
The investigation began on June 1, 2020, after the chairman of the Kirby Senior Center Board reported to Kirby police that he found two rent receipts but the money was never deposited into the account of the center.
When investigators asked Hamby for documents, she told them she had shredded and destroyed all rental contracts because they had personal information on them.
According to the affidavit, searches of financial documents revealed that many cash lease transactions were not accounted for and nearly $5,000 was withdrawn.
The affidavit also revealed that elderly witnesses began talking about Hamby’s treatment of them. They claimed that they were forced to pay for meals that were supposed to be free, that she allegedly charged them to pay for potluck dinners for which they provided food and that she may have pocketed money bingo games she organized.
No receipt or transaction record has ever been found for money collected for bingo games or meals.
According to the affidavit, Hamby is charged with stealing over $7,000.
Hamby’s bail was set at $40,000, $10,000 per charge. She posted bail Thursday morning and was released from jail.
A court hearing has not been scheduled until Hamby is charged.
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