Secretary accused of stealing $100,000 from St. Bernard Parish church

| April 22, 2013

A Violet woman is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the church where she worked, embezzling the money since 2006, St. Bernard Parish authorities said. Trinette Johnson, 39, surrendered Friday to the parish jail after learning a judge had signed a warrant or her arrest for felony theft, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office said it opened an investigation into the case after being asked by church officials.

Johnson was a longtime secretary and account executive for the Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1904 Goodwill Drive in Violet, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office said.

The church determined the money was missing following a financial audit. The church's board of trustees reviewed the report from the auditing firm and alleged that Johnson had misappropriated $101,872 in church funds since Aug. 16, 2006, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office said.

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