Volunteer charged with stealing money from 8-year-old arson survivor

By Samantha Luiz
07 March 2016

A woman has been arrested and charged with stealing money intended for an 8-year-old who survived a fire that claimed the lives of her family.

A woman has been arrested and charged with stealing money intended for Safyre Terry, an 8-year-old who survived a fire that claimed the lives of her family.

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The little girl received more than 195 000 letters and about 3000 packages from well-wishers around the world. PHOTO: facebook.com/Schenectadyssupersurvivor The little girl received more than 195 000 letters and about 3000 packages from well-wishers around the world. PHOTO: facebook.com/Schenectadyssupersurvivor Kimberly Bradford, from Rotterdam, has been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny after she was found with $800 (R12 300) cash and $500 (R7 685) in assorted gift cards "that she didn't have the right to have." Kimberly was one of thousands who volunteered to open Christmas cards sent to Safyre from well-wishers around the world. According to the Rotterdam Police Department, the arrest comes after organisation Safyre’s Angels reported suspicions of volunteer theft.

It was then that four mail bins were found at 41-year-old Kimberly's house despite being told not to take mail home.

"It's a very small number when you look at the total amount of volunteers that gave their time," he said. "There are only a few names that have popped up," says Lt. Mike Brown, a Rotterdam police spokesman.

The suspect is currently out on bail and will make a court appearance on 10 March.

The little girl's story went viral in December when she asked for enough holiday cards to fill her new "card tree".

Sources: abcnews.go.com, timesunion.com

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