Former bookkeeper charged with theft of Columbus parish funds

| December 17, 2012

A former secretary and bookkeeper at a Columbus parish has been charged with felony theft for allegedly taking large sums of money from both the parish church and school.

Susan Droessler, 53, Columbus, is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Dec. 19 in Columbia County Circuit Court, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office.

Droessler is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from St. Jerome Parish and School in Columbus, where her work allowed her to write checks from the school and parish accounts.

The alleged theft was discovered in January 2010 when a trustee of the parish found money had been misappropriated from the church and school dating back to 2007.

"An investigation by the Columbus Police Department revealed the defendant used parish and school funds to pay for various personal and family expenses, including over $5,000 worth of items from Walmart, more than $17,000 in various credit card accounts in the defendant's name and numerous other expenses," the release said.

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