Tag: Financial Crime

Former Church Treasurer Charged for Embezzling Over $30,000

| March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments



TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Janet Maureen Sego, 55, with four counts of theft for stealing over $30,000 from Bethany United Methodist Church. “This case is an unfortunate reminder that businesses and associations need to carefully supervise and audit those who handle their money,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “As the […]




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Ex-church director is found guilty of embezzlement

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



STAUNTON — Hired in 2004, Denise Y. Thornton began stealing money that same year from the Bethel Presbyterian Church, where her husband was a pastor. The thefts continued in earnest for five years until a church audit turned up numerous financial discrepancies. On Tuesday in Augusta County General District Court, Thornton, 45, pleaded guilty to […]




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Treasurer accused of stealing $165K from Gallatin church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) –  A Middle Tennessee church that's weathered nearly 200 years of history is concerned about the immediate future and years to come. It's all because of one of their own, their treasurer. Members said the treasurer stole more than $160,000 from the funds at Douglass Chapel United Methodist Church in Gallatin. "It's […]




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Omaha woman faces jail sentence in $50,000 theft from Blair church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former office manager was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing nearly $50,000 from the First Christian Church of Blair. Mary Ann Aten, 56, of Omaha pleaded no contest in Washington County District Court to felony theft and attempted misdemeanor income tax evasion. In return, the prosecution dropped two counts of income tax evasion and […]




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Former church employee faces new fraud charges

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



The Watauga County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against a former church employee accused of embezzling approximately $166,000 over a matter of years. On Jan. 3, Deerfield United Methodist Church reported a possible misappropriation of funds, alleging that approximately $48,000 had been misused by a former employee, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, […]




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Volunteer charged with embezzling $4,000 from local Catholic church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A volunteer treasurer for a local Catholic church is accused of stealing more than $4,000 from a special-activity fund over a nine-month period, Winston-Salem police said in a news release Monday. Rose Parks Hinson, 61, of 5313 Hunt Park Court in Winston-Salem was arrested Monday and charged with embezzlement. Hinson had been the volunteer treasurer […]




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Police: Bookkeeper stole more than $248,000 from church

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



MIFFLINTOWN – On Monday morning, a 59-year-old volunteer bookkeeper for Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Mifflintown was arrested on theft charges for systematically stealing more than $248,000 from the church over a seven-year period beginning in 2005. Mary Madeline Zangrilli, of Mifflintown, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter and charged with theft […]




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Sherman Police make arrest in church theft case

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



SHERMAN, TX — Sherman Police made an arrest Friday in a felon theft case involving a local church. Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said the pastor at Key United Methodist Church filed a report on December 28th, after he noticed a significant amount of money missing. "Some money was missing from a local church, and so […]




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Brassfield found guilty of embezzlement

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Karan Brassfield had no idea her now-estranged husband was embezzling funds from the Fluvanna church they started out of their home. Wilbert Davis Brassfield said that as pastor, he had the authority to write checks to any church member in need – including himself. An all-white jury of eight women and four men convicted Wilbert […]




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Records detail alleged embezzlement at Edmond church

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



EDMOND — An ex-St. John’s employee allegedly used church credit cards to feloniously buy items including a gun holster, military pants, two movies and a cell phone for a relative, prosecutors say. District Attorney David Prater filed eight felony counts on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. The counts were for unauthorized use of a […]




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Former bookkeeper charged with theft of Columbus parish funds

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former secretary and bookkeeper at a Columbus parish has been charged with felony theft for allegedly taking large sums of money from both the parish church and school. Susan Droessler, 53, Columbus, is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Dec. 19 in Columbia County Circuit Court, according to a news release from […]




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As Kentwood pastor’s embezzlement tally doubles to $316,000, some church members continue their support

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



KENT COUNTY, MI — Even as a Kent County Circuit Court judge learned a long-time Kentwood area pastor embezzled more than $300,000—about two and a half times the amount first thought—church members came out in full force Tuesday, Dec. 11, to support their former leader at his sentencing. "We just know that God is faithful," […]




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Former church worker accused of stealing church money

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —  A woman is accused of going on a spending spree with an Orange County church's credit card, and even using some of that money to pay her own bills. Investigators said it went on for more than a year. Andy Searles, associate pastor at Aloma United Methodist Church, said it wasn't […]




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Church embezzler sentenced to year in jail

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former church bookkeeper and first grade teacher was sentenced Monday to a year in jail as part of her probation for embezzling more than $152,000 from the church over eight years. District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Tracey L. Taylor, 45, of Carson City, to six years in Nevada state prison, suspended, and placed her […]




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Embezzlement probe into ELCA bookkeeper nears end

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORHEAD – Eleven months after police began investigating him, the bookkeeper suspected of embezzling more than $714,000 from a Moorhead-based church synod continues to live in the stately rural home he allegedly remodeled and expanded with the stolen money. Robert Duane Larson hasn’t been criminally charged, but Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said the detective […]




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