Tag: Financial Crime

Nun faces grand larceny charge tied to casino gambling

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



A nun with a casino gambling problem will be charged today with stealing more than $100,000 from two churches where she worked in Orleans County, The Buffalo News learned late Sunday. The felony grand larceny charge will be filed against Sister Mary Anne Rapp, who in recent years has been assigned to St. Mary Catholic […]




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Accused church embezzler Melissa Miles facing charges

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



DOUGLAS COUNTY – A woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from a church pre-school is facing a third-degree theft charge. Melissa Miles, 39 was arrested Thursday while on her way to a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant off of Wolfensburger Road in Castle Rock around 11:30 a.m. A citizen reported her whereabouts to police. She'd avoided arrest […]




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Former employee embezzled a million dollars from New York diocese

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



A devout New York Catholic referred to in media reports as an “evil little old lady” has admitted she swindled a million dollars from the Church and now faces up to four years in jail. Anita Collins from the Bronx has accepted a negotiated plea deal for embezzling from the Church according to reports. Collins […]




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Former business manager at Wyoming Catholic church pleads guilty to embezzlement

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI — James Kulfan, the former business manager at St. John Vianney Catholic Church accused of embezzling from his employer, pleaded guilty today to two felonies. Kulfan, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement — one for taking what police say was more than $135,000 from the church from late 2009 to […]




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5th sentencing delay in case of alleged embezzlement at Orange church

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



ORANGE — Gregory P. Loles seems to be the man who just can’t get sentenced. Yet another postponement marks the fifth time Loles’ sentencing date has been scrapped. Loles, 53, of Easton, was originally scheduled to be sentenced in October 2011 after he pleaded guilty in July 2011 to one count each of wire, securities […]




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NV woman accused of embezzling $41,727 from church

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A 45-year-old woman accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from a Douglas County church has waived her preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court. Gardnerville's Record-Courier reports that Tracey Taylor of Carson City is scheduled to appear Sept. 17 in Douglas County District Court. She has been charged with a felony […]




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Church book keeper admits theft

| September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Carson City woman admitted to stealing more than $75,000 from a Douglas County church and may face additional charges in the capital. Tracey L. Taylor, 45, was arraigned in Douglas County District Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 […]




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Judge warns disgraced Stourbridge church treasurer he WILL be sentenced next week

| September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



A JUDGE has ruled an accountant who stole more than £525,000 from a Stourbridge church and religious charity where he worked as treasurer must be sentenced for his crimes as scheduled on September 26. Judge Martin Challinor at Wolverhampton Crown Court rejected a request from barrister Jas Mann on behalf of 57-year-old Stephen Methuen for […]




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Pa. church’s ex-CFO gets 2-7 years in $900k theft

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A finance executive who linked her $900,000 embezzlement from the Philadelphia archdiocese to the church's sex-abuse scandal was sentenced Friday to two to seven years in prison. Anita Guzzardi, 42, said she succumbed to gambling and shopping addictions after feeling betrayed by the church over the priest sex-abuse scandal. Guzzardi had worked […]




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26-year pastor at Heritage Baptist Church allegedly confesses to stealing more than $100,000

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI — A Kentwood pastor has allegedly confessed to embezzling more than $100,000 from his church over the last several years, according to court documents. Etheridge Henry Moore, 58, a 26-year head pastor Heritage Baptist Church in Gaines Township, was arraigned on one count of embezzlement over $100,000 before Judge Steven Servaas […]




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Church seeks summary judgment against attorney who allegedly swindled $1M

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



First United Pentecostal Church of Beaumont is seeking summary judgment against Beaumont attorney Kip Lamb, who allegedly swindled the church's $1 million Hurricane Rita settlement. As previously reported, First United Pentecostal Church (The Anchor of Beaumont) filed a lawsuit Feb. 21 in Jefferson County District Court against Lamb Law Firm, Kip Lamb, Leigh Parker and […]




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Ex-priest pleads guilty to stealing parish funds

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former Roman Catholic priest admitted Monday in Berks County Court that he stole money donated to a Reading parish, but disputed the amount. Richard Nachajski, 66, of York pleaded guilty to theft for taking money donated to St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Millmont, between 1997 and 2009. He was pastor there from […]




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Ex-administrator at First Churches in Northampton accused of embezzlement

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



NORTHAMPTON – A former administrator at the First Churches pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she bilked donors to the church and other local service organizations out of nearly $18,000. Giselle L. Dudley, 42, of 48 Keith St., Springfield, faces 56 charges in Northampton District Court, including 25 counts of check forgery, 25 counts of […]




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Former accountant stole £500,000 from church and religious charity while working as a volunteer

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former accountant is facing jail after he admitted stealing £500,000 from a church and a religious charity while working as a volunteer. Stephen Methuen, 57, abused his position of trust while working as a treasurer for his local evangelical church and an international relief charity. A court heard Methuen fiddled the accounts of Amblecote […]




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Churches tighten financial controls to avoid repeat embezzlement

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORE — The Rev. Tish Malloy's congregation at the First United Methodist Church of Moore was stunned when it was discovered a trusted employee embezzled $140,000 from church coffers for lavish vacations, a new car and a service to pick up dog poop. It was revealed last week that police are investigating an alleged embezzlement […]




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