PROVIDENCE - The president of the local chapter of a non-profit agency that provides leadership support to African-American women in high school today was arrested and charged with embezzling approximately $6,000 from the agency for personal use, according to Major Dennis Fleming, Detective Commander for the Rhode Island State Police.
Shemika L. Moore, 37, of 300 Smithfield Road, North Providence, was charged with embezzlement over $100, Fleming said. She was scheduled for arraignment before a justice of the peace later tonight.
Moore is the former president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, which is funded by state grants and contributions from its members to provide a range of programs including financial literacy training, leadership and community economic development, Fleming said.
Officials from the agency contacted the Rhode Island State Police to file a complaint alleging that Moore had stolen money from their agency's operating account, Fleming said. A subsequent investigation showed that Moore allegedly used the agency's bank account to pay for $5,887.64 in personal expenses – including car payments, cell phone bills, movie rentals and hair salon fees.
Moore was arrested today by members of the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit after a lengthy investigation.