Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1005
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest by members of the ACI Investigations/Major Crimes Unit of a teacher at the Adult Correctional Institute for allegedly obtaining $1,702.26 in wages under false pretenses from the State of Rhode Island/Department of Corrections.
On Friday, June 27, 2014, Anne Kernick, age 59, of 24 Johnson Street, Narragansett, Rhode Island was arrested and charged with:
• Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, and
• Filing a False Document.
A joint investigation by the ACI Inspector's Unit and the Rhode Island State Police began in March after personnel at the Department of Corrections Special Education office reported a time card discrepancy. Ms. Kernick is a school teacher at the Department of Corrections and has been employed in this capacity since 1989. It is alleged that on a regular basis between March 2014 and June 2014, Ms. Kernick purposely submitted false time cards for hours that she did not work.
Ms. Kernick was arraigned on the above charges in Third Division District Court before the Honorable Associate Judge Pamela Woodcock-Pfeiffer and released on $10,000.00 personal recognizance. Ms. Kernick is scheduled for a pre-arraignment conference in Third Division District Court on August 28, 2014.
The penalty for a person convicted of Obtaining Money in Excess of $1500.00 is imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.