Gold Star mother accused of stealing American Gold Star Mothers
PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida – A former treasurer of the Florida chapter of American Gold Star Mothers has been released from prison after being arrested for stealing money from the organization.
He serves families who have lost a loved one in the service of our country.
Lisa Heintz is charged with third degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Heintz is a Gold Star mom and, in March, received a mortgage-free home donation as a result of her sacrifice. The Town of Port St. Lucie and a home builder helped make the donation happen.
In March, Heintz told WPTV: “When I walk through that front door, he’s there to give me a hug because this house was built and was given to us because of him,” Heintz said.
This makes it harder for Joann Maitland to grasp the allegations. Maitland is the president of American Gold Star Mothers.
âThis is an unfortunate and heartbreaking situation for the Heintz family and the American Gold Star Mothers,â Maitland said.
In a police report, Maitland told police she received an alert in October from Wells Fargo, claiming their organization’s bank account had been overdrawn.
The report states that Maitland questioned Heintz about the lack of funds, to which the report states that Heintz replied that the alert was “spam.”
However, the report says Maitland followed up with the bank. A review of the charges on the account revealed more than $ 4,300 in unauthorized charges, which the report said Heintz knew she was not authorized to make.
Heintz went to St. Lucia County Jail on Friday and posted $ 10,000 bail.
Heintz declined to comment on the allegations.
Maitland said that while the alleged theft is of concern, she is also concerned for Heintz’s well-being. âThis is the first question that comes to mind. It’s the simple fact of knowing how? Why? The difficulties she may or may not have faced, âMaitland said.
Maitland says the money they raise is meant to be used to support other people in need.
âThe money is used to help veterans and to help other Gold Star families,â Maitland said.
She hopes people will continue to support their donation-dependent group. They hope to recoup their losses to continue helping families in the region.