Tag: Financial Crime

Priest pleads in theft case

| July 15, 2010 | 1 Comment



A Catholic priest accused of embezzling about $200,000 from two Crawford County parishes and the Diocese of La Crosse entered an Alford plea to reduced charges Wednesday. The Rev. Robert Chukwu, 59, made the plea in Crawford County Circuit Court to three counts of misdemeanor theft and entered an 18-month deferred prosecution agreement, said Jim […]




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Church treasurer/County employee arrested on theft charges

| July 15, 2010 | 0 Comments



ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany church treasurer is facing 27 counts of theft and fraud after stealing thousands from a small south Albany church. Yolanda Pope, also an employee of Dougherty County, was arrested Monday. Right now she's taken annual leave from her county job and is out of jail on bond. This isn't […]




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Former Brookfield pastor sentenced for theft of church funds

| July 15, 2010 | 0 Comments



Waukesha – The former pastor of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Brookfield who was charged this year with the theft of $9,300 in church funds was sentenced Wednesday to 100 days in the county work release jail. Leonard Van Vlaenderen, 51, of Cudahy was convicted by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis after […]




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Former Church Employee Indicted On Theft

| July 14, 2010 | 0 Comments



LEXINGTON, Ky. — A grand jury has indicted a former day care director at a Lexington church on eight theft counts. WKYT-TV reported 39-year-old Marcie King of Lexington is accused of taking more than $115,000 while working for Southern Hills United Methodist Church between 2006 and 2009. Police said the stolen money was used for […]




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Church embezzler sentenced to house arrest

| July 13, 2010 | 0 Comments



GULFPORT — A single mother with leukemia will serve a year under house arrest for embezzling nearly $156,000 from First Baptist Church of Long Beach over a period of about three years. Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Michelle Calliham on Monday after the 37-year-old woman entered a guilty plea. The judge gave her the maximum […]




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Former Church Treasurer Accused Of Stealing $200K

| July 9, 2010 | 0 Comments



LANCASTER, Ohio — A longtime employee accused of pocketing money from a church on Thursday shocked the worshippers and the community the church served. Patricia Betts was accused of taking more than $200,000 from First United Methodist Church, 10TV's Ashleigh Barry reported. The Fairfield County prosecutor said Betts, 49, forged checks for several years. Pastor […]




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Trial scheduled in church theft case

| July 9, 2010 | 0 Comments



ST. FRANCISVILLE — A state district judge on Thursday set March 21 trials for a police juror, School Board member and five people charged in a scheme to divert funds from a Weyanoke church. Twentieth Judicial District Judge William G. Carmichael heard “not guilty” pleas from West Feliciana Parish Police Juror John Cobb; East Feliciana […]




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Ex-church employee arraigned on theft charges

| July 7, 2010 | 0 Comments



LANCASTER — Bond was set at $25,000 this morning for a Lancaster woman accused of stealing $210,000 from First United Methodist Church. Patricia S. Betts, 49, was arraigned in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court this morning. She faces charges of aggravated theft, receiving stolen property and forgery, all third-degree felonies. She is accused of forging […]




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Priest Used $1.3 Million in Parish Money For Hotels, Male Escorts

| July 6, 2010 | 1 Comment



A well-known Roman Catholic priest who stole $1.3 million from the Sacred Heart parish over seven years said he "had grown to hate being a priest" because the Archdiocese had given him the "worst church assignments" where he would "have to fix problems made by the previous priests," according to his arrest warrant. The Rev. […]




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Church treasurer charged with embezzlement

| July 3, 2010 | 0 Comments



BRISTOL, Va. – The former treasurer of Bradley Street Baptist Church in Bristol, Va., was charged last month with embezzlement, accused of writing checks to himself worth $14,000 from the church’s bank account. Randall C. Sargent Jr., 53, of Droke Lane in Blountville, Tenn., was charged with four counts of embezzlement, an unclassified felony akin […]




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Woman charged with embezzling $186,000 from Zion UCC

| July 2, 2010 | 1 Comment



A former employee has been charged with embezzling $186,000 from a Thomasville church over a five-year period. Kathy Sechriest, 53, of 206 Hasty School Road, Thomasville, is charged with embezzlement greater than $100,000, accused of stealing the money from Zion United Church of Christ at 130 Hasty School Road. Sechriest was released after being given […]




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Okeene woman charged with embezzlement

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments



ENID — An Okeene woman has been charged with two felony counts of embezzlement for taking more than $100,000 from an Okeene church in the past five years Christine Mae Lorenz, 48, was charged with two counts of embezzlement by employee June 8 in Blaine County District Court. The first charge alleges Lorenz took $127,748 […]




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Joplin woman accused of embezzling from church

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments



JOPLIN, Mo. — The former director of a day camp for a Joplin area church is accused of embezzling more than $12,000 in church funds. Deborah L. Wills, 51, of Joplin, is facing a Class C felony charge of theft in the disappearance of the money from Christ’s Community United Methodist Church at 2700 E. […]




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Kennedy, Minn., woman admits to stealing from church

| June 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing nearly $30,000 from the Maria Lutheran Church in Kennedy, Minn. Margie Holmgren, who was the treasurer of the church, was charged April 2 with three counts of felony theft. Holmgren’s plea agreement calls for her to be sentenced on one count and receive a stay of adjudication on […]




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Police: N. Providence church finance chief stole $48,000

| June 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The North Providence police arrested the financial administrator of the Assembly of God of North Providence Monday on charges that he stole more than $48,000 from the church. North Providence police began to investigate June 11 after they were notified by the church of discrepancies in their finances when they conducted […]




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