Tag: Financial Crime

Cottage Grove man to be sentenced for $670K archdiocese theft

| June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Cottage Grove man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in connection with the theft of more than $670,000 from the St. Paul-Minneapolis Catholic Archdiocese. Scott J. Domeier, 51, pleaded guilty May 15 to three counts of theft by swindle and two counts of filing a false tax return in Ramsey County District Court. He […]




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Church feels ‘tremendous impact’ after member charged with embezzling $55K

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –  Charleston Police say a former church treasurer broke one of the 10 commandments at Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church over the last year. 51-year-old Stephanie Wright, of Moncks Corner, is facing charges after police say she embezzled $55,000 from church funds. Wright turned herself in at the Charleston Police Department on Wednesday following […]




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Ex-pastor posts $10,000 bond after arrest for misusing church funds

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Gatlinburg pastor is now facing felony theft charges based on allegations he misused money from his church’s day care center, forcing it to close. Ronald W. Lukat, 65, of 103 Money Maker Circle in Gatlinburg, is charged with theft over $1,000 after a grand jury returned a sealed presentment against him this week. […]




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Employee accused of stealing from church filed bankruptcy this year

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



SKANEATELES | A surveillance camera caught a contract employee allegedly stealing money from St. James Episcopal Church's safe Sunday, May 5. The next day, the Skaneateles Police Department arrested 71-year-old Robert F. Usowski, of Auburn, according to Police Chief Lloyd Perkins. An unspecified amount of money was recovered from Usowski at the time of the […]




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Violet woman arrested in church embezzlement works for St. Bernard finance department

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Violet woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the church where she worked is employed by the St. Bernard Parish government's finance department and will remain there. Parish President Dave Peralta confirmed the woman's status with the parish on Wednesday, but said Trinette Johnson is in a clerical position and does not work […]




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Ex-Deacon Gets Jail In Theft From Michigan Church

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND HAVEN (WWJ/AP) – A former West Michigan church deacon who authorities say took $120,000 in cash from the weekly offertory basket has been sentenced to a year in jail. Joseph Finnigan, 73, was sentenced earlier this week in Ottawa County Circuit Court after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of larceny over $20,000. He was […]




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Feds: Pa. woman stole from church-run credit union

| May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments



PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman stole more than $100,000 from the tiny, church-affiliated credit union she used to manage, a federal grand jury charged Wednesday. Victoria Rozanski, 59, of Ellwood City, is charged with stealing the money from Holy Redeemer Parish Federal Credit Union between January 2003 and May 2009. Rozanski declined to comment […]




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Secretary accused of stealing $100,000 from St. Bernard Parish church

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Violet woman is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the church where she worked, embezzling the money since 2006, St. Bernard Parish authorities said. Trinette Johnson, 39, surrendered Friday to the parish jail after learning a judge had signed a warrant or her arrest for felony theft, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office said […]




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Judge has stern words for Baptist church bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The parents of Gerolanita Bailey referenced a comforting bit of scripture as they reminded Kent Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber in a letter that the "Lord's tender mercies are over all his works." Though that may be true, embezzling thousands of dollars from a Grand Rapids church is anything but a tender […]




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Southern Illinois pastor admits to embezzling funds, sentenced to prison

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former administrative pastor of the House of Prayer in Albion, Ill., has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he embezzled more than $250,000 from his church. Jason G. Laws, 44, entered a negotiated guilty plea Thurday to a felony charge of theft over $100,000, a class-2 felony. Circuit Judge Mark Shaner […]




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Prison Term In Synagogue Theft

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



NASSAU COUNTY—A Woodmere man has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for stealing more than $634,000 from a local synagogue by wiring cash from the congregation’s accounts into his own. Isaac Zucker, 49, pleaded guilty in February to second degree grand larceny. Zucker was also sentenced to pay full restitution. The […]




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Man charged with 10 counts in theft from church fund

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Dodge County man suspected of stealing as much as $250,000 from his church's endowment fund has been charged with 10 counts of theft and four counts of identity theft. James Schlieve of Ixonia has admitted taking at least $190,000 from Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun, where he served on the church council and controlled […]




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Southern Ontario priest accused of stealing thousands from his church

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



LONDON — A former Catholic priest is accused of pilfering $180,000 from his parish. The OPP charged Rev. Robert Couture, who served at St. Patrick's and Blessed Sacrament churches in London from 1990-2002, with one count of theft over $5,000 after the London diocese contacted police in 2011 to report missing money. The diocese completed […]




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Orleans County: Nun admits stealing $128,000; faces jail time

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



ALBION — A Catholic nun faces up to six months in jail after she admitted in Orleans County Court Monday to stealing $128,000 from two churches where she served. Sister Mary Anne Rapp, 68, first waived her right to a grand jury proceeding before accepting the plea deal offered to her by District Attorney Joseph […]




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Pennsylvania State Police say school secretary/bookkeeper admits to $315,545 theft

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Catholic school secretary and bookkeeper was arrested on theft charges after auditors accused her of stealing $315,545 in a scheme involving tuition and gift cards. Pennsylvania State Police said today that Lynn M. Tomlinson, 43, of Valencia, told them she admitted to embezzlement when confronted by officials at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School in […]




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