DTSB Loses Cash and Confidence?

A woman suspected of stealing some $200,000 dollars from her employer, told a judge she couldn’t afford to hire her own attorney.

Christina Garcia faces five felony counts of theft, for allegedly stealing from a non-profit corporation that's largely funded with tax dollars from the city of South Bend.

Perhaps it's no surprise that some city council members are paying very close attention.

A recent audit showed that some $200,000 dollars had disappeared at the non profit corporation called D.T.S.B.

The city has given more than a million dollars to D.T.S.B. over the past two years to help promote the downtown.

City Councilman David Varner feels the practice should end. “I don't see how this organization can continue to exist,” he said. “If there's a suggestion that it should continue, I hope the council won't fund it, given the little bit of oversight we have now.”

Not everyone feels funding should automatically be cut off, in light of the scandal.

According to Council Member Charlotte Pfeifer, “You really see a vibrant downtown. Now to what degree can we assign that growth to Downtown South Bend? I'm not exactly sure, but I think a re-evaluation is valid at this point.”

The funding debate will heat up in February.

As for Christina Garcia, she’ll be back in court on February 5th. Even though she faces five felony counts for stealing more than $10,000 dollars, she told a judge she couldn’t afford to hire her own attorney.

The judge denied the request.

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