Woman in charge of Phoenix block watch funds accused of stealing

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A woman who was in charge of the money for a block watch association was arrested for allegedly taking about $6,000 in funds for her personal use.

The Manzanita Block Watch Association was approved for grant funds from the City of Phoenix in 2008 and 2009.

Vincenta Lindbloom, 34, became the treasurer of the association and had “total control of the block watch’s grant account and general funds account,” according to Phoenix police.

The president of the block watch reported to police on April 13 of this year that Lindbloom had allegedly converted funds from both accounts for her personal use.

Detectives launched a detailed investigation and discovered that between October and December of last year Lindbloom withdrew about $6,000 from the two accounts. She then allegedly falsified spending reports to the association.

During the investigation it was determined Lindbloom returned $1,800 of stolen funds in money orders directly back to the association’s president.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday and faces theft by fraud, a class two felony.