Tag: embezzlement

Pa. church’s ex-CFO gets 2-7 years in $900k theft

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A finance executive who linked her $900,000 embezzlement from the Philadelphia archdiocese to the church's sex-abuse scandal was sentenced Friday to two to seven years in prison. Anita Guzzardi, 42, said she succumbed to gambling and shopping addictions after feeling betrayed by the church over the priest sex-abuse scandal. Guzzardi had worked […]




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26-year pastor at Heritage Baptist Church allegedly confesses to stealing more than $100,000

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI — A Kentwood pastor has allegedly confessed to embezzling more than $100,000 from his church over the last several years, according to court documents. Etheridge Henry Moore, 58, a 26-year head pastor Heritage Baptist Church in Gaines Township, was arraigned on one count of embezzlement over $100,000 before Judge Steven Servaas […]




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Church seeks summary judgment against attorney who allegedly swindled $1M

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



First United Pentecostal Church of Beaumont is seeking summary judgment against Beaumont attorney Kip Lamb, who allegedly swindled the church's $1 million Hurricane Rita settlement. As previously reported, First United Pentecostal Church (The Anchor of Beaumont) filed a lawsuit Feb. 21 in Jefferson County District Court against Lamb Law Firm, Kip Lamb, Leigh Parker and […]




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Ex-priest pleads guilty to stealing parish funds

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former Roman Catholic priest admitted Monday in Berks County Court that he stole money donated to a Reading parish, but disputed the amount. Richard Nachajski, 66, of York pleaded guilty to theft for taking money donated to St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Millmont, between 1997 and 2009. He was pastor there from […]




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Ex-administrator at First Churches in Northampton accused of embezzlement

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



NORTHAMPTON – A former administrator at the First Churches pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she bilked donors to the church and other local service organizations out of nearly $18,000. Giselle L. Dudley, 42, of 48 Keith St., Springfield, faces 56 charges in Northampton District Court, including 25 counts of check forgery, 25 counts of […]




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Former accountant stole £500,000 from church and religious charity while working as a volunteer

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former accountant is facing jail after he admitted stealing £500,000 from a church and a religious charity while working as a volunteer. Stephen Methuen, 57, abused his position of trust while working as a treasurer for his local evangelical church and an international relief charity. A court heard Methuen fiddled the accounts of Amblecote […]




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Churches tighten financial controls to avoid repeat embezzlement

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORE — The Rev. Tish Malloy's congregation at the First United Methodist Church of Moore was stunned when it was discovered a trusted employee embezzled $140,000 from church coffers for lavish vacations, a new car and a service to pick up dog poop. It was revealed last week that police are investigating an alleged embezzlement […]




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DA: Pastor, wife gambled away $430,000 from Houston church

| June 24, 2012 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON — A Houston pastor and his wife are in the Harris County jail charged with bilking their former congregation out of more than $400,000 and using that money for gambling trips to Louisiana. Charles Gilford, 58, and Adriane Gilford, 53, were indicted Wednesday by a Harris County grand jury and charged with aggregate theft […]




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Cottage Grove man charged with stealing $670K from Catholic church

| June 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Cottage Grove man who worked as the St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic Archdiocese’s accounting director is accused of stealing nearly $700,000 from the church and using it to pay credit cards and other personal expenses. Scott J. Domeier, 50, was charged last week with seven counts of theft by swindle in Ramsey County District Court in […]




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Archdiocese accounting head arrested on theft charges

| June 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Ramsey County attorney has filed seven felony-level charges against a former employee of the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul in Minneapolis. Scott Domeier served as director of accounting services for the Archdiocese for 17 years. According to the complaint, Dohmeier is accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the church […]




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Secretary pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from church

| June 6, 2012 | 0 Comments



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 […]




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Accused Mass. priest has pleaded to embezzlement

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



FALMOUTH, Mass.—A Cape Cod priest who pleaded no contest seven years ago to embezzling $135,000 from his former parish has been placed on leave after a child sex abuse allegation. The Boston Archdiocese said Friday that it's removed The Rev. Joseph Byrne from public ministry pending an investigation. The archdiocese said the retired priest had […]




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Sentencing adjourned for priest who admitted stealing from parish

| May 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) – The sentencing date for a well-known local priest who admitted stealing more than $87,000 from his parish was adjourned for a second time on Friday in Oneida County Court in Utica. Father Valentine Krul admitted back in January to stealing the money from St. Mary's in New York Mills, where he'd […]




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School embezzlement has cost church $27K

| May 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



When Nu Bethel Center of Excellence fell behind on its rent payments, Jeffrey Akers cut them a little slack. Akers is executive pastor of Bethesda Temple on Salem Avenue, where the school rented space. “He (school Treasurer Carl Shye) assured me he would get it taken care of,” Akers said. “That weekend they backed some […]




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Santa Rosa church embezzler sentenced to six years in prison

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Guerneville woman who embezzled $712,000 from the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison and ordered to repay all of the money. Eleanor Zapanta, 51, took the money from 2004 to 2010 while she was business manager for the Occidental Road church. In a statement read […]




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