Tag: Financial Crime

‘Pastor Bob’ heading to prison for 10 years Robert Nelson pleads no contest to stealing from Holly Hill church

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



A former Holly Hill pastor was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $650,000 in restitution after pleading no contest to grand theft of more than $100,000 in the theft of money from the Ridgewood Avenue Community Church. Robert N. Riddle, 59, who goes by "Pastor Bob," according to an arrest […]




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Duo admits to taking $450,000 from Columbus church

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Two women have admitted they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Columbus church. Lalinriafaye Wilson and Nikiena Bowden Rogers pleaded guilty to theft by taking charges Tuesday in Muscogee County Superior Court. According to their plea deal, the women must pay back $450,000 they stole from Fourth Street Missionary […]




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Priest faces criminal charges in theft of church money

| October 5, 2010 | 0 Comments



HAVERHILL — The city's Catholic community was rocked this summer when the Rev. Keith LeBlanc, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, resigned amid allegations of financial improprieties. Many of the city's faithful hoped and prayed it would amount to nothing and that LeBlanc was innocent of any wrongdoing. But court officials now say LeBlanc […]




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Man faces 95 counts in theft of church debit card

| October 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



FAIRBANKS — An Alaska man faces 95 counts of fraud and theft after a debit card was stolen from a church this year. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that a grand jury indicted 23-year-old Adam R. Bloom of Fairbanks on the charges. The most serious charge, scheming to defraud, carries a maximum penalty of 10 […]




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Woman ordered to pay $179,670 for embezzling from church

| October 2, 2010 | 0 Comments



A judge has ordered a former church bookkeeper to pay $179,670 in restitution and write an apology to members of a Colorado Springs congregation after she pleaded guilty to stealing church funds. Fourth Judicial District Judge Deborah Grohs sentenced Jennifer Lynne Butts on Sept. 22 after she had pleaded guilty to felony theft for taking […]




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Former pastor gets nearly five years for embezzling

| October 2, 2010 | 0 Comments



HIGHLAND COUNTY — Former pastor James Blaine was taken into custody by Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward Friday afternoon after he was sentenced to four years and 11 months in prison for embezzling more than $250,000 from his church. Telling Blaine “You were entrusted with the spiritual needs of your congregation and you exploited them,” […]




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Police Look into Embezzlement at St. Isidore Catholic Church

| September 28, 2010 | 0 Comments



St. Isidore parishioners attending Sunday Mass were told during services that local police are investigating an embezzlement involving the church. Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins confirmed Monday that the Police Department was contacted by the church about two weeks ago to investigate a possible theft. The Rev. Gerard Moran, pastor at St. Isidore, said he […]




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Ex-LaSalle Co. state’s attorney’s wife sentenced for theft from church, arson

| September 26, 2010 | 0 Comments



OTTAWA — The wife of a former LaSalle County state’s attorney has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for theft from her church and arson. Terri James, 42, of Ottawa was administrative assistant of First Congregational Church in Ottawa when more than $100,000 was found to have been charged to the church’s credit card. […]




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Bethlehem woman accused of embezzling parent group and church

| September 26, 2010 | 0 Comments



A Bethlehem woman took $18,000 from the East Hills Middle School Parent Association and tried to cover up the theft by stealing $13,000 from her church, police said. Donna F. Biggs, 40, of 2890 Fifth St., who was treasurer of the parent association until May of this year, was charged Friday with theft and forgery […]




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Some churches like Ga. pastor’s thin on safeguards

| September 25, 2010 | 0 Comments



The 2006 scandal that ousted one of America's most prominent preachers forced independent charismatic and evangelical churches to consider how to keep a closer eye on their leaders, an issue raised again this week with lawsuits accusing another megachurch pastor of misconduct. It's too early to say whether the sex allegations against Bishop Eddie Long, […]




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Man who scammed local churches found in Georgia

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments



A Nashville man accused of using a story of hardship to scam money out of a Gallatin church was arrested in Georgia, according to the Gallatin Police Department. Onnie Kirk III, 41, is accused of scamming two Gallatin churches, according to Lt. Kate Novitsky, Gallatin police public information officer. “He was basically entering the church […]




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Former Birch Run church leader charged with embezzling more than $100k from congregation

| September 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



SAGINAW — The former congregation president at Christ Lutheran Church in Birch Run is headed to trial on charges that he embezzled more than $100,000 from the church. Another church leader testified this week that 64-year-old Robert G. Mathis told him by telephone he “got in deep” and “was trying to get his son out […]




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Secretary Accused Of Swiping $68K From Church

| September 9, 2010 | 0 Comments



SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Deputies said that a secretary used a credit card to steal about $68,000 from the church for which she worked. Spartanburg County deputies said Wednesday that 48-year-old Crystal Faulk, of Chesnee, was charged with obtaining by false token greater than $10,000. According to an incident report, the pastor of Mountain View Baptist […]




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Church secretary gets three years for embezzlement

| August 22, 2010 | 0 Comments



Ann Carson was more than a church secretary. To the members of North Presbyterian Church, she was a friend and confidant. They trusted her with their feelings — and their offerings. Over the past decade, Carson pocketed more than $364,000 of their money. For that, she’ll spend the next three years in prison. “Our church […]




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Kennedy, Minn., woman sentenced for church theft

| August 19, 2010 | 0 Comments



A woman who admitted to stealing nearly $30,000 from the Maria Lutheran Church in Kennedy, Minn., was sentenced today to 30 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation. Margie Holmgren, who was the treasurer of the church, was ordered to pay back the money she embezzled, said Kittson County Deputy Mark Wilwant who […]




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