Sister of South Bend's chief deputy clerk arrested for embezzlement

A local woman arrested for misdemeanor theft has a close connection to the South Bend government.

Faheemah Fowler, 34, was arrested Tuesday at the Ivy Tech Community College bookstore in South Bend.

Faheemah is the sister of Kareemah Fowler, South Bend's chief deputy clerk. Back in May, Kareemah defeated 12-year city council veteran Derek Dieter in the Democratic race for South Bend City Clerk.

According to charging documents, Faheemah Fowler began working at the Follett Book Store in July of 2015.

In August, the store manager was told by the loss prevention team that Faheemah was taking money from the cash drawers. She would allegedly ring up text books on the cash register and then cash the transaction out as if it were a return, pocketing the money.

According to the report, Fowler "made a written statement/confession of the incidents" after being confronted by the loss prevention manager.

The bookstore reports having several receipts and register transactions from the false returns.

Faheemah Fowler was booked Tuesday into the St. Joseph County Jail, and the prosecutor's office is reviewing the case.