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Prescott’s Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Arrested On Fraud Charges

A Prescott woman has been arrested for stealing thousand of dollars from the Prescott Area Habitat For Humanity. Police received an anonymous tip in February about the possible misuse of funds by staff. At that time an internal investigation was launched, which revealed evidence of large-scale fraud. The primary subject of the investigation was PAHH’s executive director, 60-year-old Karen Northcutt from Dewey. After a lengthy investigation, it was found that Northcutt allegedly stole over $400-thousand in PAHH funds. The funds were either taken as cash, deposited directly to Northcutt, or used to buy personal items for Northcutt such as home remodels, vacations, recreational vehicles and more. She also approved herself a raise that wasn’t board approved. On Wednesday, Prescott Police served a search warrant at her home and seized numerous items. She was home at the time and was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of fraudulent schemes and two counts of felony theft. The investigation is still ongoing. If anyone has information regarding the case, call Prescott Police at (928) 777-1900.

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