Valley businesswoman charged with theft of nonprofit

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SUNBURY – A Valley businesswoman is jailed, facing felony theft charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a nonprofit organization. Arrest papers say 40-year-old Jessica Mena of Milton profited from 19 unauthorized bank transactions from the Sunbury based  non-profit group,  Parent to Parent Connections. Parent to Parent is a non-profit that links families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs.

 

Sunbury police say the money from the transactions was used for Mena’s rent or home payment, and personal cellphone and utility bills. Court documents say the total alleged loss is just over $13,000.

 

According to court documents, Sunbury Police Officer Brad Slack says multiple attemps were made to contact Mena, who only responded via email. Slack says Mena did agree to go to Sunbury Police, but never appeared because of difficulties finding a ride.

 

She’s faces five felony counts, including forgery, and access device fraud. Mena now is in the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. Mena currently owns Mena’s Healing Center in Selinsgrove, which offers energy healing to improve patient’s health.

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