FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION ARRESTED FOR FRAUD & GRAND THEFT

Lea Michelle Rhoden was arrested on Tuesday, October 11 on four felony charges involving fraud and theft of funds from a local non-profit organization.

Lea Michelle Rhoden was arrested on Tuesday, October 11 on four felony charges involving fraud and theft of funds from a local non-profit organization.

The arrest came as the result of an investigation by BCSO Detectives that focused on Lea Rhoden’s inappropriate spending during her five years as Executive Director of the Baker Prevention Coalition, Inc. (BPCI).

BPCI is a non-profit, community-based, anti-drug coalition that serves the citizens of Baker County.

During their investigation, detectives uncovered evidence revealing Lea Rhoden had inappropriately and unlawfully spent approximately $40,000 of the non-profit organization’s funds for her own personal gain.

At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Lea Rhoden with a $225,000 bond.

The suspect turned herself in without incident.

Suspect: LEA RHODEN (42)
Charges: Grand Theft; Scheme to Defraud; Fraudulent use of a Credit Card; Forgery