Tag: Financial Crime

AC Transit official pleads not guilty to charges of embezzling from Oakland church

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments



HAYWARD — AC Transit's chief financial officer appeared in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday morning and entered a not guilty plea to charges he embezzled more than $500,000 from one of Oakland's largest churches. Lewis Clinton Jr., 57, faces four counts of grand theft with white-collar enhancements after prosecutors say he embezzled money from […]




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New details released in cyber attack that defrauded Adventist Church of half a million U.S. dollars

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments



New details have been released in the ongoing investigation of a sophisticated cyber theft that defrauded the Seventh-day Adventist Church of approximately US$500,000 during the span of a four-week period late last year.  Church leaders say a compromised password appears to have allowed online scammers to hack into the Gmail account of a church employee […]




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Lakewood Church warns members about identity fraud following $600,000 theft

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON – Lakewood Church is warning members they could be targeted by identity thieves in the wake of a $600,000 theft from a safe in the church office discovered Monday. Houston police said about $200,000 in cash was taken. Tuesday church officials sent out an email to members warning that those who donated another $400,000 […]




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Man Accused of Stealing $150K from Victory Church Waives Prelim Hearing, Has Bail Reduction

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



James Lee Moody, the Philadelphia man accused of theft and related crimes in connection with $156,041.75 taken from Victory Church in Lower Providence, where Moody was doing accounting work, waived his Wednesday morning preliminary hearing in district court, where a judge also reduced his bail from $500,000 to $99,000, cash. District court judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar at the […]




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Woman pleads guilty to thefts from Columbia Baptist Association

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Dothan woman charged with stealing from the Columbia Baptist Association pleaded guilty on Wednesday… and was then arrested a short time later on additional charges. Attorney Matt Lamere said his client, 52-year-old Tonya Renee Woodward, entered what's referred to as a blind guilty plea, which means there was no agreement for sentencing. Woodward pleaded […]




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Ex-worker pleads guilty in Edmond church embezzlement case

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former church business manager facing jail time for embezzlement justified his actions because he felt slighted over a smaller-than-expected bonus, a prosecutor told a judge Friday. Bill Dwight Coyle admitted stealing more than $58,000 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond. Coyle, 62, of Edmond, pleaded guilty to eight counts of violating […]




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Former Grand Rapids pastor, church secretary will repay $220,000 taken from church, judge vows

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A former Grand Rapids pastor and church financial secretary may have escaped jail time, but a judge declared before more than 100 members of the preacher’s former flock that he would be on the hook for every penny stolen from the congregation. Arthur Pearson, the fired former pastor of the Pilgrim […]




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Man charged with stealing more than $60,000 from central Minnesota church

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



WILLMAR, Minn. – The treasurer for a central Minnesota church is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from the congregation. Paul Alton Hanson, 50, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on three felony charges of theft by swindle from Tripolis Lutheran Church of rural Kandiyohi County. According to the complaint filed in Kandiyohi […]




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Former church treasurer charged with theft

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Door County church treasurer will face five felony charges in Door County Circuit Court for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from a Sister Bay church over the past five years. Martin R. Lash, 65, Sturgeon Bay, was charged May 30 with five felony counts of theft in a business setting. Two two counts […]




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Former Gwinnett planning commissioner Jumper sentenced for church theft

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Gwinnett County planning commissioner accused of stealing $426,000 from Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church has avoided prison by agreeing to pay back the money over the next four years. Floy Jumper, 60, was a member of the church for 50 years and its treasurer for nearly three decades before officials there filed a police […]




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Janesville church secretary embezzled $88,000, police say

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



JANESVILLE — The former secretary of a Janesville church wrote nearly $90,000 in forged checks to herself over 10 months last year, according to police reports. Carrie A. Kolanda, 30, of 9020 S. Nelson Road, Brodhead, was arrested May 14 on felony charges of forgery and theft of more than $10,000, according to Janesville police. […]




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Former President of Southbury Synagogue Admits Embezzling Over $500,000

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former President of Beth El Synagogue in Southbury pleaded guilty Friday to one count of mail fraud stemming from her embezzlement of more than $500,000 from the synagogue.    Jodi Churchill, 45, of Orange, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to the charge.    According to court […]




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Woman gets 17 months for $130,000 theft at Muncie church

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



INDIANAPOLIS — Angela Renee Linder on Tuesday recounted her long battle with bipolar disorder, and said she was a survivor of both sexual abuse as a child and domestic abuse as an adult. But the 42-year-old rural Yorktown woman was unable to convince a U.S. District Court judge that she did not deserve to go […]




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Brooklyn Park woman accused of embezzling more than $230,000 from church

| June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Brooklyn Park woman siphoned off more than $230,000 from a regional church office where she worked, padding her paychecks and diverting money through other schemes for more than seven years, according to criminal charges. The Hennepin County attorney's office charged Raenay Liane Hendrickson, 50, on Friday with seven counts of felony theft-by-swindle. Hendrickson worked […]




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Hanover pastor arrested for embezzling from church

| June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



An ongoing investigation into an alleged online sex-for-money and extortion scheme has led to the arrest of a Hanover County church pastor who allegedly paid a Henrico County woman $100,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter he had with her last year. A felony warrant shows that Chris Allen Phillips, 50, was arrested Thursday […]




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