The treasurer of the Kenner Volunteer Fire Company stole more than $11,000 from two of the organization’s bank accounts to buy a car and a cellphone, among other items, police said Friday.
Investigators on Thursday arrested 36-year-old Amanda Hebert Monnerjahn — who is also a dispatcher with Jefferson Parish’s East Bank Consolidated Fire Department — and booked her on one count of theft.
According to the Kenner Police Department, the fire company’s president, Michael Graffato, began noticing overdraft charges on two of his organization’s banks accounts this summer, among other irregularities. Graffato called Kenner police on July 22, and officers opened an investigation.
In all, Monnerjahn is accused of stealing $11,029.
She had been the nonprofit organization’s treasurer since last year.
Police said she acknowledged under questioning that she took the money a few months ago at the request of a “male friend” who wanted to buy a car and other items.
Kenner Police Lt. Brian McGregor said investigators were seeking to question the man, whom he declined to identify.
Monnerjahn, of Metairie, also bought a phone and was withdrawing cash from the accounts to pocket for her own personal use, police said.
Her bail had not been set as of Friday afternoon.
Graffato said he had no comment on the allegations against Monnerjahn.
The Kenner Volunteer Fire Company receives a $35,000 subsidy from the city, and it leases an events hall that it rents out to the public. It also holds fundraisers.
Its unpaid personnel help Kenner’s full-time firefighters protect the city.
The company is separate from the East Bank Consolidated Fire Department, which protects unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish such as Metairie and Old Jefferson.