Tag: Financial Crime

Woman indicted on church credit card charges

| September 10, 2011 | 0 Comments



A woman accused of using a church’s credit card for more than $80,000 in personal purchases was indicted by a Washington County grand jury this week. The panel returned the document charging Jessica Tramel, aka Jessica Trotter-Lawson, 33, of Bristol, with theft of at least $60,000, fraudulent use of a credit card of at least […]




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Church nursery employee charged with felony

| September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 21-year-old Hailey woman has been charged with a felony for allegedly misusing a co-worker's debit card number to transfer money to the telephone accounts of two inmates at the Blaine County jail. One of the inmates has been incarcerated since March for allegedly stabbing the same woman. Erika M. Ruiz was arrested by Ketchum […]




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New Telephone Scam Targets Big Country Churches

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



ABILENE, Texas — KTXS has done stories on past scams in an attempt to warn you how to protect yourself, but it seems bad guys are aware people are on to their tricks and are changing their ways. Now thieves are going after churches in an attempt to exploit their charity. Abilene Police Detective John […]




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Ex-church secretary gets 44-month prison term for embezzlement

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



GREENEVILLE — A 70-year-old woman who bilked $1.5 million from the Morristown church where she worked for nearly five decades received both punishment and absolution on Thursday. Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Barbara D. Whitt to 44 months in prison for a years-long scheme to defraud First Baptist Church of Morristown, where she […]




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Probe into $5m church swindle

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



THE Uniting Church of Australia has lost up to $5 million in a major swindle, which is being investigated by police. Cars have been seized as part of a Victoria Police investigation into the theft from the church in Melbourne. It could be months before the full extent of the theft becomes clear, as accountants […]




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Gesu Catholic Church reports funds missing to FBI

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Gesu Catholic Church on Parkside Blvd. contacted the FBI in Cleveland last week after the parish discovered money missing from one of its accounts. They've also been in touch with Fifth Third Bank, which handles its accounts. Diocese Spokesperson Sally Oberski said she doesn't know how much is missing. On the […]




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Affidavit: Church treasurer blamed theft on stress

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



SOUTHINGTON – In early December, Kelly Saucier confessed to the pastor of Plantsville Congregational Church that she was resigning from her position as treasurer and had done a terrible thing, according to a warrant for her arrest. She told the Rev. Richard A. Koenig that she stole "about $53,000 or $54,000." Saucier was charged this […]




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Former Bookkeeper Serving Time for Church Embezzlement

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



St. Isidore Catholic Church's former bookkeeper, Kathleen Dake, will spend the next several months behind bars, serving time for stealing more than $400,000 from the church. The 58-year-old Blackhawk resident, who worked for the church from 2002 to 2010, was sentenced last week to 300 days in jail and three years probation after pleading no […]




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Woman repays First United Methodist Church $44,000, charges dropped

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



After she repaid the money, charges were dropped Thursday against a woman accused of embezzling from a Battle Creek church. Kathleen Vanorsdol, 36, of Kalamazoo and her attorney Jeffrey Getting presented a certified check for $44,000 to Calhoun County prosecutors and church officials in Calhoun County Circuit Court just before Vanorsdol could have been sentenced […]




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Jail Time In Danville Church Embezzlement Case

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



MARTINEZ, Calif. — A former Contra Costa County church bookkeeper who pleaded no contest to stealing more than $400,000 has been sentenced to 300 days in jail. Kathleen Dake entered her plea Thursday to five counts of grand theft by way of embezzlement, with an enhancement for taking more than $150,000. Dake worked as a […]




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Embezzlement: How Maine churches and charities can avoid it

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



It’s a familiar tale. It’s one that many longtime general practitioners of the law can tell. A concerned member of a nearly defunct but once thriving church or other charitable group walks through my door lamenting that some $50,000 of its funds just can’t be located. The concerned church or club member relates that its […]




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Superior, Wis., church finds two fake money orders in offering plate

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



The last place parishioners of Faith United Methodist Church expected to find bogus money was in the offering plate. But during a July 24 worship service in Billings Park, someone dropped not one but two fake money orders in the plate. “It kind of boggles my mind,” said Joel Certa-Werner, church pastor. Each of the […]




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Pastor indicted for embezzling Christian bank funds

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The first criminal division of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office announced Wednesday that it had arrested and indicted Pastor Kang Bo-young, 65, on fraud charges for misappropriating 2.38 billion won ($2.3M) received from 284 ministers and congregation members as investment for the establishment of a Christian social welfare bank modeled on the microlender Grameen […]




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Church bowling league treasurer charged with theft

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The treasurer of a church bowling league was charged Tuesday with the theft of $11,000 in funds, Richland police said. John E. Bishop, 58, of Lansdale, was arraigned in Quakertown on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Richland Detective Ray Aleman said the theft from the Quakertown Community Church Bowling League […]




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N.J. Catholic Priest Gets 5-Year Jail for $200,000 Theft

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 65-year-old Catholic priest, recovering from alcoholism and suicidal tendencies, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison by a New Jersey court for stealing $300 a week from the parish for 20 years. The Rev. Joseph Davis, the former pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna, N.J., admitted to pocketing $300 a […]




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