Tag: Financial Crime

Pastor on trial for theft defended as merely negligent

| August 19, 2010 | 0 Comments



A former pastor accused of stealing more than $1 million from World of Pentecost Church was negligent, not criminal, in handling church finances, his attorney said today. David A. Thompson, who headed the East Side church from 1995 to 2007, will take the witness stand to defend his actions during a trial that is expected […]




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Schoeneck Moravian Church treasurer charged with theft intended to pay back money, according to attorney

| August 17, 2010 | 0 Comments



The Schoeneck Moravian Church treasurer charged with stealing almost $116,000 from his church over three years was financially struggling and hoped to make enough money investing the stolen cash to pay off the church's mortgage, his defense attorney said today. Dennis J. Solt, 60, of the 4600 block of Hillview Drive in Lower Nazareth Township, […]




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NC couple accused of using church positions to embezzle $350,000 by writing hundreds of checks

| August 13, 2010 | 0 Comments



MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a couple who worked at a Baptist church in North Carolina used their positions to steal more than $350,000 over a three-year period. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that Alan and Linda Roland of Gastonia face four charges, including embezzlement and conspiracy. Officials say Alan Roland worked as […]




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James admits guilt in arson, church fund theft

| August 7, 2010 | 0 Comments



Terri L. James pleaded guilty to arson and theft Friday for setting a house fire March 17 in an attempt to conceal embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars from her Ottawa church. Assistant county prosecutor Greg Sticka announced the limited plea agreement in which James admitted guilt to residential arson for setting an Ottawa […]




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Couple charged in church theft to make plea

| August 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



NEW CASTLE — The Mahoningtown couple charged with embezzling more than $335,000 from St. Vitus Church is expected to plead on Wednesday. The Lawrence County district attorney’s office said guilty pleas are expected from August Santillo, 52, and his wife, Kim Santillo, 49, both of 404 W. Clayton St. were charged last year with theft […]




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Police search home of pastor whose church was set on fire

| August 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



The pastor of a Vinton church who police suspect set fire to his church last year may have been trying to cover up an embezzlement, according to a search warrant filed Thursday. No one has been charged in the March 10, 2009, arson that caused $100,000 in damage to New Beginning Baptist Church in the […]




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Woman answers to church money theft charges

| August 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



Marcie King stood before the judge today in Fayette Circuit Court. She is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Southern Hills Methodist Church. Now, she faces 8 counts of theft by unlawful taking. 39-year-old Marcie King used to be the childcare director at the church. Police say over a three-year span, she took $115,000 […]




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Former Geneva pastor found guilty of theft

| August 6, 2010 | 0 Comments



A former Geneva County pastor was convicted Wednesday of taking more than $250,000 from a church he led for more than a year. It took a jury around two hours to find Steven B. McQueen, 40, guilty of three counts of theft of property, according to Geneva County Assistant District Attorney Steven Smith. McQueen's attorney, […]




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Lebanon woman indicted on embezzlement charges

| August 4, 2010 | 0 Comments



A Linn County grand jury has indicted Molly Louise Marteney of Lebanon on multiple embezzlement charges that are alleged to have occurred while she worked at the First Assembly of God in Lebanon. Marteney’s indictment lists 10 charges but does not indicate how much money was allegedly stolen, saying only that it exceeds $10,000. The […]




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Bemidji woman charged with church embezzlement

| August 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



BEMIDJI – A 45-year-old rural Bemidji woman has been charged in Beltrami County District Court with felony theft by swindle of more than $107,000 from First Presbyterian Church in Bemidji. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10. According to the criminal complaint: Eileen Mary Branch worked for First Presbyterian Church for more […]




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Woman pleads guilty theft of church funds

| July 30, 2010 | 0 Comments



LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)– The Onalaksa woman charged of embezzling more than $350,000 dollars from a La Crosse church has pleaded guilty. Ann M. Carson, 47 year old, is accused of three counts of theft to a business setting of over ten thousand dollars. Carson was an administrative assistant at North Presbyterian Church . According […]




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Man faces embezzlement charges for stealing from Baptist church

| July 28, 2010 | 0 Comments



A man surrendered to officers on Tuesday after facing charges of money laundering associated with the embezzlement of funds from the First Baptist Church in Morristown. According to a release, Michael Dean Whitt, 42, surrendered to officers for his involvement in the embezzlement of money from First Baptist Church which was reported to officers in […]




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Former bookkeeper charged with stealing $364,000 from church

| July 26, 2010 | 1 Comment



The former bookkeeper of a North Side church is accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands dollars from the congregation. An audit determined Ann Carson, 47, wrote $364,418.12 in checks to herself since 2000 from the bank accounts of North Presby-terian Church at 1327 N. Salem Road, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County […]




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Former Church Employee Pleads Guilty To Theft

| July 17, 2010 | 0 Comments



A former Salina Church employee plead guilty Thursday to one count of theft and one count of computer crime. Sherri Seiler, 40, of Salina, was an administrative assistant for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for about 4 years before her arrest in May, 2009. The money was stolen over the 4 year period, prosecutors proved. […]




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Church employee accused of embezzlement

| July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments



A former employee at a North Side church is accused of embezzlement, according to La Crosse police reports. Ann Carson, 47, is accused of taking the funds from North Presbyterian Church, 1327 N. Salem Road, during the past decade by writing checks to herself, then logging them in account ledgers as paid to someone else, […]




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