Tag: Financial Crime

Priest gets 3 years behind bars for theft

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to felony theft after being charged with embezzling more than $350,000 from two parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was sentenced Friday to three years behind bars. New Castle County Superior Court Judge Fred Silverman sentenced the Rev. Cornelius Breslin to 10 years in prison, but he suspended […]




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Former bookkeeper at Visalia church sentenced to prison

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



A church bookkeeper who stole more than $2 million from collection plates has been sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $2.2 million to her former employer, First Assembly of God Church in Visalia, according to the District Attorney 's Office. A church audit in early 2009 led to the discovery […]




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Hearing postponed in embezzlement case

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



The date for Dawn Taylor Robinson to enter a plea to her charges has been postponed. She is accused of embezzling funds from a church where she was a secretary. On May 12, 2010, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Robinson, 40, of 7345 Hwy. 120, Buchanan, in connection to an alleged financial fraud complaint […]




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When Priests Steal: German Skims From Plate For 40 Years, Doesn’t Spend A Dime

| October 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



WÜRZBURG – A bad case of “existential angst” is being cited as the driving force that led a German priest to squirrel away more than one million euros that he'd taken from his church’s collection plates and other donations over the course of 40 years. One curious aspect of the case is that there was […]




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Stolen checks recovered, but money in lockdown

| October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments



KEARNEY — Police investigators have recovered “many, many” checks that were stolen one week ago from Prince of Peace Catholic Church, but recovering the checks doesn’t mean money will be going into the church’s coffers, as parishioners had intended. Church staff Monday discovered the theft of an undisclosed sum of collection money from last weekend’s […]




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Las Vegas Monsignor stole over $650,000 from his parishioners to feed his gambling habit

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



One of the most senior churchmen in Las Vegas has admitted stealing over $650,000 from his parishioners to feed his gambling habit. Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe faces up to 60 years in jail after confessing to raiding church funds to feed his addiction to video poker. The 58-year-old, the second most senior churchman in Las Vegas […]




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HVAC employee sought in embezzlement, theft at church

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – An HVAC employee is charged with embezzlement after deputies say he stole a large amount of copper from the business he worked for. It’s just the latest of a multitude of metal thefts in our state. Deputies say 28-year-old Tolby Bright stole copper from the air conditioner at the Word of […]




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Ex-school board member pleads in church theft case

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



ST. FRANCISVLLE, La. (AP) — A former East Feliciana Parish School Board member has pleaded no contest to felony theft in connection with a scheme to divert funds meant for a West Feliciana Parish church. The Advocate reports 80-year-old Oliver Wingfield of Jackson entered the plea Thursday before state District Judge William G. Carmichael, who […]




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Woman pleads guilty in Visalia church embezzlement case

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



A church bookkeeper who stole more than $2 million from collection plates over a period of seven years at Visalia First Assembly of God Church pleaded guilty Friday to 13 counts of felony embezzlement and money laundering with special allegations, according to the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. Sandra Arreola, 52, faces 11 years in […]




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Ex-business manager pleads not guilty in Santa Rosa church embezzlement

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



The Guerneville woman accused of embezzling more than $712,000 from a Santa Rosa church started small, writing a few unauthorized checks to herself for several hundred dollars apiece, prosecutors said Wednesday. But over time, Eleanor Jane Zapanta, 51, business manager at the Center for Spiritual Living on Occidental Road, apparently grew bold. She began writing […]




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Ex-deacon accused of theft from Cresskill church

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



CRESSKILL — A former deacon and pastoral associate at St. Therese Lisieux Church has been charged with stealing $53,000 from the church to pay his credit card bill and buy airline tickets, authorities said. Investigators arrested James Looby, 51, of Texas, on Wednesday on two counts of theft, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. […]




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Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle. Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars. She supplemented her income using […]




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Man sentenced in church embezzlement

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



GREENVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – A man convicted of conspiring with his mother to steal $1.5 million from a Tennessee Baptist church was sentenced Oct. 4 to just over four years in prison. Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Michael Dean Whitt, 44, to 51 months in federal prison, the maximum allowed by law, for […]




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Woman jailed over £36,000 theft from Leeds synagogue

| September 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



AN OFFICE administrator who pocketed more than £36,000 from a Jewish charitable organisation in Yorkshire has been jailed for eight months. Susan Rudette began taking money from the United Hebrew Congregation in Shadwell Lane, Leeds, initially out of greed, to fund a lifestyle she could not afford, including a new kitchen. But Sheffield Crown Court […]




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Guerneville woman suspected in church embezzlement held on $1 million bail

| September 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



  A Guerneville woman suspected of embezzling $712,000 from a Santa Rosa church turned herself in Monday morning and was being held on $1 million bail. Eleanor Zapanta, 51, the former business manager at the Center for Spiritual Living, had been wanted since prosecutors filed a 14-count criminal complaint against her last week. Under an […]




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