Former church accountant sentenced to 17 months for theft

| February 17, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — A former church administrator who stole more than $300,000 from a German Twp. church was sentenced to 17 months in prison Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Diane Maddy, 55, of 3077 Sandalwood Ave., took the funds from Christ Chapel Church of God, 2404 Troy Road, between 2003 and 2009, officials said.

She pleaded guilty to one count of theft last month.

“I want to send my apologies to the church,” Maddy said in a statement to Clark County Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill. “I want to make this as right as possible and I’ll do anything I can to make this right.”

Maddy was ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution, a figure that was agreed upon by the defense and prosecution in plea negotiations.

“That number is restitution, not the amount of the actual theft,” said Andrew Picek, assistant Clark County prosecutor, in his address to the court. “The state’s contention is that (the) number is much larger than $75,000.”

According to a German Twp. police report, Maddy, who was responsible for writing checks for the church, was accused of taking $244,947.44 between January 2003 and December 2006. She was also accused of taking $68,861.35 between August 2008 and August 2009, according to the report.

Defense attorney Jon Doughty said his client accepted responsibility for her actions and was actually the one who brought the theft to the church’s attention.

“She gave a full confession and a written confession,” said Doughty.

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