Tag: Financial Crime

Elmhurst resident sentenced to three years in theft from church

| April 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



Elmhurst, IL – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Robert C. Drefs, 54, 107 E. Wilson, Elmhurst, was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for stealing more than $54,000 from the Messiah Lutheran Church in Elmhurst. Today’s sentencing stems from allegations that from July 25, 2008 through […]




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State denies prison term for church embezzler

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



LANCASTER — If Judge Richard Berens had his way, John W. Elder would spend the next eight years in a state prison. Instead, Elder, convicted of embezzling $45,000 from his church and defrauding insurance companies, will spend 180 days in jail and five years of community control. Berens issued the eight-year sentence, but was forced […]




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Murrieta Man Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing Church Money

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Murrieta man accused of stealing money from an area church pleaded not guilty today. Jared Lee Burkholder, 33, a former Temecula choir director, stood trial today on embezzlement charges. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted of the felony offense, stemming from the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from […]




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Woman charged for church embezzlement

| April 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



A 27-year-old former church bookkeeper has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars from her workplace. Elizabeth Brown, of 109 Shiloh Lane in Georgetown, was arrested Sunday, five months after an investigation was launched into missing money from Herbert United Methodist Church in Kensington. According to the arrest warrant, Brown is accused of […]




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Law & Disorder: House arrest for woman, 78, in church embezzlement

| April 7, 2012 | 0 Comments



A disabled 78-year-old Jacksonville woman recently pleaded guilty to embezzling $161,000 from a church and was sentenced to two years of house arrest and restitution of the entire sum. Upgrades to an accounting system at Terry Road Baptist Church where Betty Barnes worked as the accountant led to the discovery of the missing funds, the […]




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Burnsville Minister Accused of Swindling Church Out of Thousands

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former youth minister at a Burnsville church has been charged with swindling the church out of more than $8,000 between August and December last year. John Glenn Mertes, 40, is charged with theft by swindle, a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the criminal […]




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Former Burnsville youth minister charged with stealing from church

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former youth minister is accused of stealing $8,000 from a Burnsville church last year. John Glenn Mertes, 40, of Burnsville appeared this week in Dakota County District Court on a felony charge of theft by swindle involving the alleged thefts in 2011. Burnsville police said the case involves Mary, Mother of the Church at […]




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Priest indicted on charges of child pornography, theft from Fitchburg parish

| March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



WORCESTER — A Roman Catholic priest accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his Fitchburg parish has been indicted on related charges. A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny of more than $250. A warrant has been issued for […]




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$510,000 missing from Gesu Catholic Church

| March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



The pastor of Gesu Catholic Church told parishioners Sunday that the amount of money the parish discovered missing in August amounted to $510,000. In a letter read at all Masses, the Rev. Jim Cryan, pastor of the West Toledo parish, updated parishioners on the missing funds determined after an investigation by the Diocese of Toledo […]




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Fraudster gets jail for $1.2m embezzlement

| March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Canberra man who embezzled almost $1.2 million from the Catholic Church has been sentenced to six and half years. Chief Justice Terence Higgins has ordered fraudster Timothy Patrick Cousins to serve a non-parole period of four years, two years of which will be served as weekend jail. Over the space of seven years, Cousins […]




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Is the Church Too Trusting?

| March 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



PHILADELPHIA — The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anita Guzzardi, turned herself in this week to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on charges relating to the alleged embezzlement of more than $900,000. She faces charges of theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer and related crimes. Guzzardi was promoted to CFO […]




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DA: Fmr. Archdiocese CFO stole $900,000

| March 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



PHILADELPHIA – (WPVI) — The former CFO of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly one million dollars in church money to pay her credit card bills. Anita Guzzardi, 42, surrendered to the district attorney's office on Tuesday morning. According to the D.A.'s office, an investigation into Guzzardi began in July, […]




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Veryser takes plea deal in St. Mary’s embezzlement case

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



CHARLEVOIX — The former principal of St. Mary’s School who was accused of embezzling thousands from the school took advantage of a plea agreement in the criminal case against her today, Friday. Keisha Veryser, 36, of Hayes Township today pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement, $1,000-$20,000, a five-year felony. In exchange for her pleas, […]




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Greensburg church funds allegedly paid for phone sex

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



A man accused of using a Greensburg church account to pay for $1,467 worth of time on a sex-chat line was held for trial on Thursday. Keith Michael Jenkins, 32, is being held in the Westmoreland Prison on $15,000 bond from an earlier arrest. Yesterday, Greensburg District Judge James Albert ordered him to stand trial […]




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Archdiocese Investigates Fired Accounting Director in Fraud

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



MINNEAPOLIS – The Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul is accusing a former employee of fraud after a financial review led them to believe they'd been ripped off by someone on the inside. The theft of funds allegedly goes back several years, and multiple sources told FOX 9 News the man at the center of […]




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