Secretary pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from church

| June 6, 2012

A Granger woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to using the postal service to help embezzle $119,000 from a South Bend church she worked at for eight years.

54-year-old Jayne Loprest admitted her guilt as part of a plea deal in district court.

Loprest worked as a secretary at Hilltop Lutheran Church from 2001-2009.

When the church’s bank contacted leaders about an overdraft fee in 2009, they found out they were nearly bankrupt.

For several years, Loprest had been transferring money out of the bank’s investment account. She would have the checks delivered to the church, then deposit them into their spend account and use the money for personal expenses.

Some of the embezzled funds were used to pay St. Joseph County taxes on her Granger home.

Church leaders confronted Loprest about the embezzlement in 2009 and she apologized.

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