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BPSO: Benton daycare director arrested for forgery and theft

Karen B. Johnson, 46 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) Karen B. Johnson, 46 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

A former director of a daycare at a Benton church was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars from daycare accounts.

Karen B. Johnson, 46 of the 1500 block of Linton Road in Benton, allegedly transferred those funds from the Benton United Methodist Daycare into her own accounts, said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

She was arrested following an investigation by the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force. Charges include felony theft, false accounting, unauthorized use of an access card and 35 counts of forgery.

Detectives found evidence that Johnson, who was director of the daycare for the past four years, forged nearly three dozen checks and made multiple deposits in excess of $17,000 of daycare money into her personal finance accounts. It happened from January 2013 through January 2014. Detectives also charged Johnson with using a church daycare credit card for personal purchases.

Investigators believe Johnson acted alone and that church and daycare staff were in the dark about her alleged actions. She was immediately relieved of her duties at the daycare when the investigation began in mid-January.

Johnson was taken to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on April 7 for booking with a bond of $12,500. Johnson bonded out then next day on April 8. 

"We want everyone to know that we are praying for everyone that is involved," said Danny Gleason, senior pastor of Benton United Methodist. "We hope for justice to be served, but for grace to be surrounding us.

"The protocol for how we deal with employees, how we check out employees backgrounds, yes there will be more checks and balances," he said. 

Gleason said moving forward, parents of children attending the daycare don't have anything to worry about.

"The utmost of what our care is here is for the children and their parents. That's why this daycare exists, for them," he said.

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