Commissioned NASA security police officer arrested for embezzlement www.privateofficer.com
HOUSTON TX April 20 2012 - A woman who swore to enforce the law has been accused of stealing from her union.
Kemberly Fields is a commissioned security officer for NASA. She was also the president of the local chapter of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals Union.
Fields controlled the chapter’s bank accounts, up until Wednesday. That is when she was accused of taking $23,000 of union money.
“She simply went to branch locations and made withdrawals,” Assistant Harris County District Attorney Martin Longoria said. “Nobody checked the records because she was the president and in charge of those funds. Eventually, the treasurer, who lives in California, looked at the records and discovered these missing funds.”
Field was arrested and charged with misapplication of fiduciary property. She posted $5,000 bond on Thursday. If convicted of the charge, she could face up to 10 years in prison.
The union and NASA declined to comment on the case.
This is the second time in two years that one of the union’s officials has been accused of stealing funds. The president of a chapter in Illinois pleaded guilty to embezzling $22,000 in 2010. He was given a two-year probated sentence.