Archdiocese: Woman stole from church

| February 23, 2010

A 48-year-old woman who worked for St. Edward on-the-Lake church for 15 years is charged with stealing $100,000 or more from the Lakeport parish.

Jacalyn Renee O'Boyle of Port Huron Township was charged Feb. 9 with embezzlement, $100,000 or more. Bond was set at $2,500. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today.

Joe Kohn, Archdiocese of Detroit spokesman, said they believe the theft happened during the past few years. Court records list the offense date as Jan. 1, 2003.

Kohn said missing funds were discovered in July during a regular audit conducted by the Archdiocese. He didn't know when the latest audit was done before that.

Kohn said O'Boyle and the church parted ways after the audit. He did not know if she was fired or resigned.

"We take seriously any action that would take from the trust of those who give to the church," he said.

Trooper Bethany Craig of the Michigan State Police Richmond post said she started investigating the case in December. She said O'Boyle turned herself in Feb. 9.

Craig said they are not releasing information about how the money was allegedly embezzled.

"It's always upsetting when someone is accused of seriously betraying the trust of a community, but as Christians, we're taught to forgive even as justice takes its course," said St. Edward on-the-Lake Rev. Joe Esper. "We're praying for everyone affected by this situation."

Esper said he couldn't comment further because of the ongoing court case.

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