Tag: Financial Crime

Former Suffolk church treasurer gets probation on embezzlement charge

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments



A former local attorney who embezzled almost $40,000 from an Episcopal church while acting as its treasurer got three years probation in a plea bargain when she was tried in Circuit Court on Tuesday. The money was returned to the church less than a year after it disappeared. Anne Marston Lynch, 34, was treasurer at […]




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Hillsboro man charged in church embezzlement case

| November 30, 2009 | 0 Comments



A former Concord Township church treasurer in Highland County accused of embezzling money from the church for years was arraigned earlier this month on theft and records-tampering charges. According to the Highland County Sheriff's Office, Dennis L. Butler, 68, of Hillsboro, was arrested after an investigation into the embezzlement allegations sparked by concerns voiced by […]




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Man who allegedly swindled two Hays County churches on the run

| November 25, 2009 | 0 Comments



Richard A. Humphrey, who allegedly gained the trust of the faithful to earn construction deals at three central Texas churches but abandoned the unfinished projects to escape with millions of dollars, is now a wanted man. The 61-year-old CEO of Church Builders, Inc., based out of Ovilla just south of Dallas, failed to appear for […]




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Contractor accused of stealing $30,000 during job at church

| November 25, 2009 | 0 Comments



An East Boston man who was paid $10,000 to conduct masonry work on a Winthrop church ended up skipping out on the job and stole more than $20,000 while he was there, prosecutors allege. Michael Bocchino, 50, the owner of Bocchino Masonry, is accused of larceny over $250, larceny under $250, and uttering a false […]




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Thieving church treasurer told to pay money back

| November 24, 2009 | 0 Comments



A CHURCH treasurer has been ordered to pay back almost two-thirds of more than £150,000 he stole by forging the signatures of trustees. Colin Cooksey, 61, formerly of Willow Brean, Meath Green, was jailed for two years on July 17 after admitting siphoning the money from Horley Methodist Church. His conviction and sentencing was followed […]




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Brown Launches Investigation into Scam Targeting African American Churches

| November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



Los Angeles – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that his office has launched an investigation into whether four individuals defrauded more than 30 African American churches in Southern California by forcing them to pay up to $45,000 for shoddy computer kiosks originally presented as cost-free. These individuals-Michael Morris; Willie Perkins; Tonya Wilson; […]




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Woman who embezzled from Frontenac church sentenced to probation

| November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



FRONTENAC, Kan. — The former business manager of the Catholic church in Frontenac, who pleaded guilty in connection with the embezzlement of $74,000, was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation. Lanora Michelle Driskill Spigarelli, 43, of Frontenac, also was ordered to pay more than $74,000 in restitution to the church where she used to […]




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70-year-old church secretary accused of stealing $40G

| November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



WINDBER — The former treasurer of SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church on Hoffman Farm Road near Windber has been charged with stealing more than $40,000 in church funds through her nearly five years of employment there. Leah M. Wonyetye, 70, of Dunlo faces four counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of […]




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Woman gets probation for theft from church

| November 18, 2009 | 0 Comments



EDWARDSVILLE – An Edwardsville woman, originally charged with felony theft for stealing from a church, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and is serving a year of probation. Elizabeth Klaas, 36, pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court to theft of less than $300 after originally being charged with taking $5,000 from Trinity Lutheran Church, […]




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Ex-minister admits embezzlement, faces 9-month term

| November 17, 2009 | 0 Comments



A former youth minister will spend the next nine months in jail after pleading guilty to theft charges on Monday. William Charles Lohn appeared before Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler and entered a plea of guilty to theft over $60,000. Lohn was indicted in August after members of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church contacted authorities with […]




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Disgraced Newark pastor admits stealing $160K from parishioners

| November 15, 2009 | 0 Comments



After bilking Newark parishioners out of nearly $160,000, disgraced Pentecostal bishop Steven Parrott pleaded guilty to misconduct by a corporate official, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced Friday. "In pleading guilty, Parrott admitted that he stole $157,580 from five victims named in the indictment," according to a statement released by the AG’s office. "Under […]




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Former church treasurer faces embezzlement charges

| November 6, 2009 | 0 Comments



A Hillsboro man was indicted by a Highland County grand jury Tuesday on charges of theft and tampering with records after he allegedly embezzled more than $200,000 from an area church. Dennis L. Butler, 68, was indicted on one count of theft, a third-degree felony, and one count of tampering with records, a third-degree felony. […]




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Former car dealer charged with theft from Centenary Methodist Church

| November 6, 2009 | 0 Comments



Delbert Ault, whose criminal history involves a troubled car dealership and a gubernatorial pardon, has been indicted on theft charges related to his volunteer work at Lexington's Centenary United Methodist Church. Ault was indicted Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court on a charge of theft by deception over $300 for allegedly making inappropriate charges on a […]




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Former Newark Valley Pastor Arrested for Embezzlement

| November 6, 2009 | 0 Comments



A former pastor has been arrested twice for stealing from his church and from the Tioga County Habitat for Humanity. 27-year-old David Heckman Jr. of Binghamton was arrested for stealing $1,500 from The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newark Valley. He is also charged with stealing more than $50,000 from the Tioga County […]




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Albee sentenced to prison for church theft

| November 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



SHELL LAKE – Judy L. Albee, 45, Shell Lake, was sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 27, to five years in prison for thefts from church funds, at the Washburn County Courthouse. Albee was charged with seven counts of theft from a business setting and forgery in March, after a member of Spooner’s Faith Lutheran Church, where Albee […]




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