BEND, Ore. — Officials say a former employee for a mental health provider in central Oregon has been accused of stealing $16,000 from developmentally disabled clients.

The Bulletin reports that Rick Treleaven, the executive director for Best Care Treatment Services, confirmed that the Oregon State Police has launched an investigation into the allegations. The center, based in Madras, is also doing an internal investigation.

Heather Martinez-Crowe, the Madras facility director, says she first became suspicious after reviewing questionable bank statements in September. The accused employee, whose name has not been released, was let go soon after.

OSP confirmed the investigation was underway, but declined to comment further.

Treleaven says a lack of oversight in employees' access to client bank accounts may have played a role and stricter standards have been put in place.