Chimes for Charity’s Hill indicted for theft of over $60,000
The conclusion of a criminal investigation into the financial practices of the Chimes for Charity foundation has resulted in an indictment by the February grand jury, charging the former Chairman of the Board with theft charges.
The grand jury indicted Kim Walker Hill on Monday afternoon, charging the chief officer of the Chimes for Charity organization with theft over $60,000.
The Dyersburg Police Department began its investigation in October of 2016 after being contacted by Chimes for Charity board members regarding possible financial irregularities. The investigation focused on a time frame beginning on Nov.18, 2009 until September 23, 2016.
The indictment states Hill unlawfully and knowingly obtained or exercised control over approximately $63,534.18 from Chimes for Charity, with intent to deprive the true owner thereof, and without the owner’s effective consent.
The charge against Hill is a Class B felony, and is punishable by eight to 30 years’ imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $25,000, if convicted.
In December of 2016, it was discovered the Chimes for Charity foundation had failed to file with Secretary of State Division of Business Services since 2005. Due to the failure to file an annual report with the state, a dissolution/revocation letter was mailed to the Chimes for Charity organization in May of 2006, revoking the permit of the foundation to operate as a non-profit organization.
Despite the dissolution of the organization, Chimes for Charity continued to operate for more than a decade providing toys at Christmas for underprivileged children.
At the time of the last state filing, Hill was listed as the Chairman of the Board.
Hill is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. in Circuit Court.