Parishioners forgive embezzler; O’Boyle’s sentencing is June 7

| May 4, 2010

Parishioners have forgiven Jacalyn O'Boyle for stealing thousands of dollars from their church.

She'll learn June 7 if that will keep her out of prison.

About 125 parishioners signed letters saying they forgave O'Boyle, 48, of Port Huron Township for embezzling more than $180,000 from St. Edward On-the-Lake Catholic Church in Lakeport.

O'Boyle pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a charge of embezzling $100,000 or more.

"No matter how grave a crime or an alleged crime may be, everyone is entitled to forgiveness, and we're supposed to be living reminders of that," said the Rev. Joe Esper, pastor of St. Edward.

O'Boyle's sentencing is at 2 p.m. June 7. The charge is a 15-year felony.

St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling said the probation department will decide the appropriate amount of restitution.

The money was taken during several years while she worked as a bookkeeper at the church.

The embezzlement occurred between 2003 and 2009, according to court records. It was discovered when the records were audited in July. O'Boyle was arraigned on the charge in February.

Esper said he wasn't in a position to comment further on the case because of the ongoing court proceedings.

O'Boyle couldn't be reached for comment.

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