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Ex-Schenectady ARC staffer gets probation for taking clients' money

Ex-Schenectady ARC staffer gets probation for taking clients' money

A former Schenectady ARC supervisor was sentenced Friday to probation for taking money from ARC clie

A former Schenectady ARC supervisor was sentenced Friday to probation for taking money from ARC clients and using it for herself.

Officials said Kim Giles, 45, pleaded guilty in June to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. In exchange for her plea, she received a sentence of five years of probation. She also must repay more than $16,000, officials said.

Giles was arrested in June 2013 on multiple charges related to her work at ARC.

Schenectady ARC is an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities. In Giles’ case, prosecutors have said, she sometimes helped clients with shopping and was authorized to use their money to purchase items for them. Other employees were authorized to do so as well.

Giles served as a supervisor at two ARC group homes. All purchases for clients had to be backed up by receipts.

Prosecutor Kevin Cheung, who took over the case recently, said suspicions were raised about Giles when officials at ARC spotted purchases that, more than likely, could not have been made for the client.

Officials there have said that came during an audit.

In one case, Cheung said, a receipt was submitted for a male client’s account that showed the purchase of a dress. In another case, high heels supposedly were purchased for a male client.

Some receipts were submitted with the store name removed, he said.

The investigation began earlier in 2013 with an ARC audit, prosecutors have said. All funds improperly used were replaced for clients by Schenectady ARC.

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