Tag: embezzlement

Ex-pastor posts $10,000 bond after arrest for misusing church funds

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Gatlinburg pastor is now facing felony theft charges based on allegations he misused money from his church’s day care center, forcing it to close. Ronald W. Lukat, 65, of 103 Money Maker Circle in Gatlinburg, is charged with theft over $1,000 after a grand jury returned a sealed presentment against him this week. […]




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Violet woman arrested in church embezzlement works for St. Bernard finance department

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Violet woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the church where she worked is employed by the St. Bernard Parish government's finance department and will remain there. Parish President Dave Peralta confirmed the woman's status with the parish on Wednesday, but said Trinette Johnson is in a clerical position and does not work […]




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Ex-Deacon Gets Jail In Theft From Michigan Church

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND HAVEN (WWJ/AP) – A former West Michigan church deacon who authorities say took $120,000 in cash from the weekly offertory basket has been sentenced to a year in jail. Joseph Finnigan, 73, was sentenced earlier this week in Ottawa County Circuit Court after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of larceny over $20,000. He was […]




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Feds: Pa. woman stole from church-run credit union

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman stole more than $100,000 from the tiny, church-affiliated credit union she used to manage, a federal grand jury charged Wednesday. Victoria Rozanski, 59, of Ellwood City, is charged with stealing the money from Holy Redeemer Parish Federal Credit Union between January 2003 and May 2009. Rozanski declined to comment […]




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

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



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 […]




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Judge has stern words for Baptist church bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The parents of Gerolanita Bailey referenced a comforting bit of scripture as they reminded Kent Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber in a letter that the "Lord's tender mercies are over all his works." Though that may be true, embezzling thousands of dollars from a Grand Rapids church is anything but a tender […]




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Southern Illinois pastor admits to embezzling funds, sentenced to prison

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former administrative pastor of the House of Prayer in Albion, Ill., has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he embezzled more than $250,000 from his church. Jason G. Laws, 44, entered a negotiated guilty plea Thurday to a felony charge of theft over $100,000, a class-2 felony. Circuit Judge Mark Shaner […]




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Man charged with 10 counts in theft from church fund

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Dodge County man suspected of stealing as much as $250,000 from his church's endowment fund has been charged with 10 counts of theft and four counts of identity theft. James Schlieve of Ixonia has admitted taking at least $190,000 from Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun, where he served on the church council and controlled […]




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Orleans County: Nun admits stealing $128,000; faces jail time

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



ALBION — A Catholic nun faces up to six months in jail after she admitted in Orleans County Court Monday to stealing $128,000 from two churches where she served. Sister Mary Anne Rapp, 68, first waived her right to a grand jury proceeding before accepting the plea deal offered to her by District Attorney Joseph […]




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Pennsylvania State Police say school secretary/bookkeeper admits to $315,545 theft

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Catholic school secretary and bookkeeper was arrested on theft charges after auditors accused her of stealing $315,545 in a scheme involving tuition and gift cards. Pennsylvania State Police said today that Lynn M. Tomlinson, 43, of Valencia, told them she admitted to embezzlement when confronted by officials at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School in […]




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Former Church Treasurer Charged for Embezzling Over $30,000

| March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments



TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Janet Maureen Sego, 55, with four counts of theft for stealing over $30,000 from Bethany United Methodist Church. “This case is an unfortunate reminder that businesses and associations need to carefully supervise and audit those who handle their money,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “As the […]




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Ex-church director is found guilty of embezzlement

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



STAUNTON — Hired in 2004, Denise Y. Thornton began stealing money that same year from the Bethel Presbyterian Church, where her husband was a pastor. The thefts continued in earnest for five years until a church audit turned up numerous financial discrepancies. On Tuesday in Augusta County General District Court, Thornton, 45, pleaded guilty to […]




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Treasurer accused of stealing $165K from Gallatin church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) –  A Middle Tennessee church that's weathered nearly 200 years of history is concerned about the immediate future and years to come. It's all because of one of their own, their treasurer. Members said the treasurer stole more than $160,000 from the funds at Douglass Chapel United Methodist Church in Gallatin. "It's […]




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Omaha woman faces jail sentence in $50,000 theft from Blair church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former office manager was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing nearly $50,000 from the First Christian Church of Blair. Mary Ann Aten, 56, of Omaha pleaded no contest in Washington County District Court to felony theft and attempted misdemeanor income tax evasion. In return, the prosecution dropped two counts of income tax evasion and […]




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Former church employee faces new fraud charges

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



The Watauga County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against a former church employee accused of embezzling approximately $166,000 over a matter of years. On Jan. 3, Deerfield United Methodist Church reported a possible misappropriation of funds, alleging that approximately $48,000 had been misused by a former employee, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, […]




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