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Gesu Catholic Church reports funds missing to FBI

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Gesu Catholic Church on Parkside Blvd. contacted the FBI in Cleveland last week after the parish discovered money missing from one of its accounts. They've also been in touch with Fifth Third Bank, which handles its accounts. Diocese Spokesperson Sally Oberski said she doesn't know how much is missing. On the […]




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Church intern held in slaying of pastor

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



The story originally ran December 10, 2002 Amanda Garrett and Mike Tobin, The Plain Dealer The panic crackled in their voices as they gathered outside the burning rectory. Where was Father William? Where was the priest who saved their aging church and learned Polish, the only language some of them knew? As the parishioners grieved, […]




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Church Fire Ruled as Arson; Congregation Concerned

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A church service in Charleston stopped before it could even get started, Sunday. The pastor of Pentecostal Affirming Ministries arrived before the afternoon service to find the building full of smoke. Now, fire officials have determined it to be an attempted arson. Members of the congregation just had the building donated […]




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Affidavit: Church treasurer blamed theft on stress

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



SOUTHINGTON – In early December, Kelly Saucier confessed to the pastor of Plantsville Congregational Church that she was resigning from her position as treasurer and had done a terrible thing, according to a warrant for her arrest. She told the Rev. Richard A. Koenig that she stole "about $53,000 or $54,000." Saucier was charged this […]




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Former Bookkeeper Serving Time for Church Embezzlement

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



St. Isidore Catholic Church's former bookkeeper, Kathleen Dake, will spend the next several months behind bars, serving time for stealing more than $400,000 from the church. The 58-year-old Blackhawk resident, who worked for the church from 2002 to 2010, was sentenced last week to 300 days in jail and three years probation after pleading no […]




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Woman repays First United Methodist Church $44,000, charges dropped

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



After she repaid the money, charges were dropped Thursday against a woman accused of embezzling from a Battle Creek church. Kathleen Vanorsdol, 36, of Kalamazoo and her attorney Jeffrey Getting presented a certified check for $44,000 to Calhoun County prosecutors and church officials in Calhoun County Circuit Court just before Vanorsdol could have been sentenced […]




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Threats Against Priests Prompt Fort Worth Diocese Warning

| August 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



Priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth have been cautioned to watch out for their safety after two local churches received threatening phone messages. Diocese spokesman Pat Svacina said the two messages were left on church answering machines about 30 minutes apart on Monday, Aug. 8. One message was left at a Catholic […]




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Abilene Preacher Catches Alleged Thief In The Act

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



ABILENE, Texas — An Abilene pastor helped put a man behind bars after he allegedly stole from his church. The pastor at Prince of Peace Ministries says he's not surprised that a man walked into his church and stole his secretary's wallet. Pastor Darnell Bailey was working on his Bible study like he does every […]




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Jail Time In Danville Church Embezzlement Case

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



MARTINEZ, Calif. — A former Contra Costa County church bookkeeper who pleaded no contest to stealing more than $400,000 has been sentenced to 300 days in jail. Kathleen Dake entered her plea Thursday to five counts of grand theft by way of embezzlement, with an enhancement for taking more than $150,000. Dake worked as a […]




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Volunteer charged with burglary at Bloomingdale church

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 61-year-old church volunteer from Carol Stream has been charged with burglary after surveillance videos showed him stealing money from his parish’s safe and donation boxes, authorities said Friday. Police said Ross W. Jones, of the 900 block of Dearborn Circle, stole about $2,300 over an undetermined length of time from Mass offerings and donation […]




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Pastor shot with Taser, woman stabbed during church brawl in Alabama: cops

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



An irate Alabama minister Tased a pastor who had just fired him, setting off a wild melee at a baptist church that ended with a deacon stabbing the minister's mother, authorities said. The unholy incident erupted Sunday in the St. Elmo community after the Rev. Darryl Riley told minister of music Simone Moore that he […]




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Village church ransacked as vandals attack on day of riots

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



A VILLAGE church in Northampton was ransacked by vandals on the day riots swept through the nation. However, police yesterday said that there was no evidence to suggest that the incident was linked to the national disorder but the crime was being investigated. Offenders invaded the church of St Peter and St Paul in Nether […]




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Murdered at Church, Police on the Hunt for Suspect

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Police are searching for suspects in a murder of a 45 year old man found in a church. On Friday, February 5, 2010, 45-year-old Hideki Hirakawa was found murdered in an abandoned church, located in the 200 block of Delmas Avenue, near Park Avenue, in San Jose. Hirakawa was […]




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Investigators: Pastor raped woman in trailer on church grounds

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Investigators said Wednesday that a 46-year-old Ladson pastor charged with kidnapping and sexual assault, raped one of the female victims in a trailer located on the grounds of his own church. Dale Richardson was in court Wednesday to face a rape charge stemming from a July 27 incident. He is […]




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Embezzlement: How Maine churches and charities can avoid it

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



It’s a familiar tale. It’s one that many longtime general practitioners of the law can tell. A concerned member of a nearly defunct but once thriving church or other charitable group walks through my door lamenting that some $50,000 of its funds just can’t be located. The concerned church or club member relates that its […]




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