Ex-church employee arraigned on theft charges

| July 7, 2010

LANCASTER — Bond was set at $25,000 this morning for a Lancaster woman accused of stealing $210,000 from First United Methodist Church.

Patricia S. Betts, 49, was arraigned in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court this morning. She faces charges of aggravated theft, receiving stolen property and forgery, all third-degree felonies.

She is accused of forging checks over a period of about four years, putting a financial strain on First United Methodist Church, 163 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster. The church faces a $120,000 deficit for 2010, according to letters written to the congregation from Senior Pastor Rob McDowell.

Betts’ bond is an unsecured appearance bond, meaning she provided a written promise to appear in court and unsecured promise to pay if she fails to appear.
No upcoming hearings have been set.



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