Accused church embezzler Melissa Miles facing charges

| November 11, 2012

DOUGLAS COUNTY – A woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from a church pre-school is facing a third-degree theft charge.

Melissa Miles, 39 was arrested Thursday while on her way to a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant off of Wolfensburger Road in Castle Rock around 11:30 a.m. A citizen reported her whereabouts to police. She'd avoided arrest for a week, since her warrant was issued Nov. 1.

According to Miles' arrest warrant, she stole $25,918.22 from Faith Lutheran Church pre-school in Castle Rock.

"Yes of course we feel duped," Fred Hessler, spokesman for the Faith Lutheran Church, said. "The pre-school is a very successful ministry of our church. It's well established in Castle Rock and the pre-school had built up reserve funds over quite a few years over some future purpose, and that's what she took advantage of."

Between December 2011 and July 2012, Miles charged the pre-school's debit card 109 times, according to police. She is also accused of taking the organization's King Soopers gift cards, used to raise money.

According to the warrant, Miles spent the money on air travel, clothes, supplies, food, gas and other personal items.

The church sought charges through the Castle Rock Police Department after it filed a report of theft in September.

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