Woman indicted on charges of defrauding PBS station

Mug shot of Gail Waymire courtesy of the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department.
WFWA Studios - PBS 39
WFWA Studios – PBS 39

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A federal grand jury has handed down a 20 count indictment which accuses a woman hired to handle the finances of WFWA PBS Channel 39 of defrauding the station for more than $130,000.

According to court documents, Gail Waymire took $48,000 donated by two entities and transferred the money into her personal accounts.

The indictment alleges Waymire, 58, used six other methods to defraud the station. The methods included the use of false invoices, the inflation of employees’ payroll, and the inflation of employees’ commissions with the excess money, again, being funneled into her own accounts.

WFWA hired Waymire in October of 2009 and she allegedly defrauded the station starting in 2010. She left WFWA in 2013.

Waymire was arrested in La Port, Indiana September 24. She was arraigned in federal court in South Bend a day later.

PBS employees referred NewsChannel 15 to Randall Steiner, the station’s board president.  His voicemail said he was out of the office Tuesday and he didn’t return an email looking for comment.

Waymire’s attorney also didn’t respond to a phone call Tuesday afternoon.

PBS is known for pledge drives that help fund the station.  It’s unclear how big of an impact the alleged embezzlement had on the Fort Wayne station.

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