Tag: Financial Crime

Woman is arrested in theft of $200,000 from church

| September 25, 2009 | 0 Comments



LADERA RANCH – A then-employee took donations meant for an Aliso Viejo church and siphoned the offerings into her own bank account, authorities said, stealing more than $200,000 from the church over an extended period. Chrystina Rene Bock, a 37-year-old resident of Ladera Ranch, was arrested today on suspicion of grand theft, bringing to an […]




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Mount Pleasant Church Employee charged with taking money from church

| September 25, 2009 | 0 Comments



MOUNT PLEASANT — The former associate director of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Learning Center has been charged with embezzling about $100,000 from the church preschool over a two-year period. Elizabeth Meares, 43, of Mount Pleasant is accused of using the school’s checkbook and credit cards to siphon funds for her personal use, police said. She surrendered […]




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Church group treasurer sentenced for theft

| September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments



A volunteer who admitted to stealing nearly $50,000 from a church group has been ordered to pay the money back. A provincial court judge on Wednesday also ordered Marion Patricia Hickman of Stephenville to serve a 14-month conditional sentence and two years probation. Hickman, 58, is a former treasurer of St. Anne’s Guild, a charity […]




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Former Mt. Holly church secretary ordered to court

| September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments



A former church secretary accused of stealing more than $35,000 from her congregation was automatically ordered to court Wednesday after she waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Jane Marie Poth, 50, of the 400 block of Shippensburg Road, Newville, sat quietly in Magisterial District Judge Susan Day’s busy office for almost an hour before […]




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Conway woman arrested in church theft

| September 10, 2009 | 0 Comments



Sarah Buckley, 31, of Conway, a former secretary at First Baptist Church in Maumelle, was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with theft of property. In the affidavit for a warrant in the case, Maumelle police detective Eli Keller said he went to the church on Aug. 14 to investigate a reported burglary. “The only item […]




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Solon woman gets probation for thefts from Bentleyville church; must repay $66,400 and pay $10,000 fine

| September 10, 2009 | 0 Comments



BENTLEYVILLE A Solon woman will serve two years of probation for stealing more than $66,000 from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Ruth Lewis, 61, was sentenced Aug. 26 in the U.S. District Court in Akron. She must pay $66,404 in restitution plus fines totaling $10,200, according to the court. Lewis worked with children’s ministries at the […]




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Church’s office manager accused of stealing $118K

| September 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD — A woman who worked at a Catholic church for more than 20 years was arrested on theft charges Wednesday, Sept. 2, after authorities say she stole more than $118,000. Brenda L. Driscoll, 58, office manager for Sacred Heart Parish in New Carlisle, was booked into the Clark County Jail on one charge of […]




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Bentleyville: Former church worker sentenced to probation

| September 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



BENTLEYVILLE — Former St. Martin’s Episcopal Church children’s ministeries director Ruth Lewis has been sentenced to two years’ probation for stealing $66,404 from the church. She must make full restitution and also pay a $10,000 fine. Lewis, 61, of Solon was charged June 1 in U.S. District Court in Akron and pleaded guilty June 9 […]




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Davis sentenced to probations in church money theft

| August 16, 2009 | 0 Comments



Crossroads Church in Chippewa Falls will get back the money stolen by a former church worker. That’s not always the case in an embezzlement crime, even if a court orders restitution by the defendant. In this case, Heather Davis, who pled guilty to charges that she stole from the church, already had most of the […]




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Church secretary bond set at $30K

| August 14, 2009 | 0 Comments



GREENCASTLE — Despite the state’s objection, Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley on Thursday set bond for a woman accused of stealing over $200,000 from a Greencastle church at $30,000 with 10 percent allowed. Melynda J. "Mindy" Fenwick, 37, of Greencastle was charged with six counts of Class C felony forgery and five counts […]




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Church secretary accused of stealing over $200000

| August 13, 2009 | 0 Comments



GREENCASTLE — A Greencastle woman was arrested late Tuesday afternoon in connection with alleged thefts of money from the church where she was employed. Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter said Melynda J. "Mindy" Fenwick, 37, is accused of stealing approximately $274,000 from Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in Greencastle. "These allegations were brought to the […]




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Ex-cop jailed for £15k theft from Catholic church

| August 13, 2009 | 0 Comments



A FORMER policeman who stole more than £15,000 from the Roman Catholic Church was caught after he used church funds to buy himself a grand piano. Frank Monti committed the fraud when he was financial secretary of the Diocese of Menevia at its offices in Swansea. The 59-year-old was yesterday jailed for 18 months after […]




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Church embezzlers rob congregations of trust, too

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



For 24 years, Barbara Myers worked with Barry R. Herr in a small, religious office where everybody knew everybody. Co-workers all knew when someone’s family had a baby, a wedding or a death. But they didn’t know Herr was embezzling money — more than $1 million from the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran […]




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Plano man going to prison for stealing from church

| July 31, 2009 | 0 Comments



A Plano man was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.2 million from Christian Life Assembly of God Church in Carrollton. Donald Patrick Blair, 46, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and making false statements on his tax return. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1.5 […]




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FTC Alert: Churches Cheated in Opportunity Scam

| July 16, 2009 | 0 Comments



There’s no cost to your church. It may even make money to use for good works. It’s a win-win situation, right? Maybe not. In fact, it could be a scam. Con artists with similar pitches are targeting African-American churches with so-called opportunity scams. Emphasizing a shared faith, culture, or concern for the community to win […]




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