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Ex-head of Sarah's House arrested

Ivy Minnie

Ivy Minnie

KINGMAN - Criminal charges have been filed against the former executive director of Sarah's House.

Ivy Minnie, 46, is charged with four counts of forgery, one count of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes, all felonies, for allegedly making almost $6,000 in unauthorized charges to a Sarah's House credit card.

The Kingman Police Department began an investigation in December in which it was alleged that Minnie charged personal expenses to the account.

Police say the personal expenses included payments for her personal cell phone, personal insurance premiums, college books, tuition, personal vehicle registration, spa charges, restaurants and personal vehicle maintenance. Police say the amount stolen totals $5,800.

KPD Lt. Rusty Cooper said Minnie changed or disguised bank statements in an attempt to prevent detection.

Gary Christopher, president for the Sarah's House board, said the alleged theft was discovered shortly after Minnie resigned from her position last fall. Minnie told the board she was resigning to pursue other endeavors. She later moved to Las Vegas.

Minnie was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas on a warrant issued by KPD. She was booked into the Clark County Jail in Las Vegas, and is awaiting extradition to the Mohave County Jail.

Prosecution will be handled by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office because of the working relationship between Sarah's House and the Mohave County Attorney's Office.