Police: Woman admits to stealing $32K from local non-profit ministry

BRISTOL, Tenn. - A Kingsport woman is charged with stealing more than $30,000 thousand dollars from a local non-profit group.

Police said the money went missing at the Appalachian Education Commission Corporation in Bristol, Tennessee.

Investigators told News 5, 37-year-old Quyen Quillin turned herself in to the president of the board and general manager of the organization, Kenneth Hill, telling him she stole $32,000 from the ministry while working as his administrative assistant.

According to the affidavit we pulled, the theft was reported two weeks ago, and Hill was made aware of the theft after he was turned down for a loan.    

Investigators told us Quillin gave Hill and his wife an itemized list of what was taken.

"She said she spent it on herself, her family, actually went on a cruise, you know, just nothing to show for it. [She] just spent the money," said investigator Brian Hess with the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department.

Hess told us between $49,000 and $300,000 were reported missing over the past four years, but police said Quillin only admitted to stealing $32,000.    

The affidavit states Quillin is asking for forgiveness and wants to pay all the money all back.

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