By Chad Frey
A former Newton Area Chamber of Commerce employee is in jail without bond following a Tuesday arrest by the Newton police department.
Police Chief Jim Dailey told the Kansan Kayla Tillery was arrested Tuesday in connection with the disappearance of "Newton Bucks" from the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Formal charges are pending with Harvey County Attorney's office.
Friday afternoon the Chamber of Commerce notified area businesses there was trouble with a gift certificate program administrated by the organization.
The "Newton Bucks" program, which is a gift certificate program that allows purchasers to use the certificates at participating Newton business, was "compromised," according to the email.
"At this point in time that is all I can say. We are cooperating with Newton Police Department in an investigation," said Jim Schwarzenberger, director of the chamber.
Tillery was listed as a recent hire by the chamber in the organization's January newsletter. She was listed as an "Operations Specialist and Program Coordinator," who was put in charge of refining the Chamberís operational systems including, "incorporating a more streamlined process for the Newton Bucks program," according to the newsletter.
Her name was removed from the staff list of the Chamber website and she has been replaced.
The county attorney's office and Newton Police have not released the dollar value lost.