Records detail alleged embezzlement at Edmond church

| December 22, 2012

EDMOND — An ex-St. John’s employee allegedly used church credit cards to feloniously buy items including a gun holster, military pants, two movies and a cell phone for a relative, prosecutors say.

District Attorney David Prater filed eight felony counts on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. The counts were for unauthorized use of a computer network to obtain money and other items by fraudulent representation against Bill Dwight Coyle, 62, of Edmond.

Each count is related to a different item allegedly obtained using church credit cards from September 2008 to November 2011, according to a probable cause affidavit. An incident report filed in July by Edmond Police Officer Jonathan Cramer stated the total amount missing from the church was $109,454.

When reached by phone Monday evening, Coyle confirmed he has hired a local attorney. Contact information for the attorney was not available. When asked if he wanted to tell his side of the story, Coyle said, “I have no comment.” He had not yet entered a plea in court. He is to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

No future court dates have been posted on the Oklahoma State Courts Network online database.

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