Ex-Employee Of Central Texas Church Indicted In $120,000 Theft Case

| March 23, 2010

WACO (March 17, 2010)–A Central Texas Church is trying to look forward, on the day a former employee of the church was indicted on a charge she stole from the church.

On Wednesday, the McLennan County Grand Jury indicted Patricia LaDawn Poehls, 38, on a theft of more than $100,000 but less than $200,000 (aggregated) stemming from the theft of funds from St. Jerome Catholic Church.

Prosecutors say the alleged theft started in January of 2007 and continued until June 2008.

In all, prosecutors believe around $120,000 disappeared.

Prosecutors say the alleged theft came to light when a local business called the church to inquire about an account.

According to a church spokesman, Poehls worked as the director of religious education for St. Jerome Parish from February 2004 to June 2008.

"An event such as this one is a difficult trial for the Church and saddens the faithful. We pray for those who have been most affected, especially the Poehls family and the parishioners of St. Jerome Parish." Christian R. González, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Austin said in a statement.

González said the church had insurance, and was able to get most of the money back.

According to González, the church was founded in 1982, and serves approximately 900 families in Waco.





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