LINCOLN, Nebraska — Last Thursday night, the director of a program in Sarpy County that recruits volunteers to advocate for children in foster care was arrested and charged with theft.
Paula Creps, director of the Sarpy County Court-Appointed Special Advocacy office, was charged with theft by deceit and unlawful use of a financial transaction device valued between $1,500 and $5,000.
The Sheriff’s Office was informed “quickly” after county officials became aware of theft charges, according to a press statement from Sarpy County.
According to the announcement, the probe centered on Creps’ use of monies supplied to the CASA program by a local non-profit. According to the program’s website, it has established a 501(c)(3) organization called “Lift Up Sarpy County” to handle donations.
Creps was placed on administrative leave after her arrest.
Corrie Kielty, executive director of the Nebraska CASA Association, stated on Friday that the county board oversees the finances of the program in Sarpy County and that she had no information on the allegations.
Kielty stated that county officials informed her that despite the arrest, “our children are still being fed and our volunteers are still being supported.”
The CASA group has 22 member programs that serve 54 of the 93 counties in the state.
CASA programs recruit volunteers to represent abused and neglected foster children in court in an effort to find them a permanent home.