Tag: Financial Crime

Accused St. Matthew Embezzler Pleads Guilty

| February 5, 2012 | 0 Comments



The former St. Matthew Parish secretary accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the church has pleaded guilty. According to online court records, Darlene Vodvarka changed her plea to guilty on Friday. She had been charged with two felony counts of theft of more than $10,000. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 20. She […]




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Ex-church worker bound over for trial on embezzlement

| February 5, 2012 | 0 Comments



About a dozen parishioner from Westland's St. Theodore Catholic Church turned out Thursday for a preliminary examination scheduled for a former church employee charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from the parish. “We're supporting our parish, she's a crook,” said parishioner Loretta LaBerge, who attended the hearing with her husband George. “We're upset and want […]




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Chaput addresses alleged embezzlement from the archdiocese

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Friday that he was angry that "a senior member of the archdiocesan staff stole more than $900,000 of our people's resources," but was relieved the missing money would have relatively little impact on the Catholic Church here. "As bitter as this loss is, insurance will cover most of it," […]




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Church Pastor in Court for Embezzlement Hearing

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich— A Grand Rapids pastor was in court today for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send him to trial. Arthur Pearson is pastor of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. Pearson is facing allegations that he stole between $50,000 and $100,000 by […]




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Anita Collins, accused of stealing $1 million from Archdiocese of New York, apologizes

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



The church lady from hell accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York says God has forgiven her but worries her victims will never do the same. “I want to apologize to everybody I betrayed,” said Anita Collins, 67, looking frail and distraught during an exclusive jailhouse interview on Rikers […]




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Pastor accused of stealing from church

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) – A long-time pastor at a popular central-city church is being accused of stealing cash from his congregation. It's the latest accusation in a court battle that's deeply divided members of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church over the firing of a pastor who refuses to leave. Three members of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, […]




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NY Archdiocese Worker Accused of $1M Theft

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



A longtime worker for the Archdiocese of New York has been accused of using accounting tricks to steal about $1 million from the church. Anita Collins, 67, was arrested and arraigned Monday as a result of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s investigation. Prosecutors said Collins, who was making between $35,000 to $50,000 a year […]




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Church treasurer steals thousands from congregation

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — It's a big theft at a small Church. Police said a woman stole more than a $100,000 from her own congregation. Police said Emma Maxwell took about $143,000 from the Breakabeen-North Blenheim Presbyterian Church over the last four years. She'd been the churches treasurer since June 2007, making her the sole person […]




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NYM Priest, former Sheriff’s Department Chaplain, admits taking money from church accounts

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) – A longtime priest in the Village of New York Mills was in Oneida County Court in Utica on Wednesday, where he admitted to taking money from the church's bank account for his own use. Father Valentine Krul pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree grand larceny, facing five years probation with […]




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Pastor Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling from Church

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments



SAVANNAH, Ga. — The former pastor convicted of stealing money from his church will spend more than nine years in prison. United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver today announced the sentencing of 47-year-old Kenneth Terrell, former pastor of New Harvest International Ministries. In a six-hour sentencing hearing, Tarver indicated, attorneys presented evidence showing that Terrell […]




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Hearing adjourned in church embezzlement case

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



A preliminary examination for a Canton woman charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from a Westland church has been adjourned until Feb. 2. The defense attorney representing Kathleen Galoch, 63, requested the delay Thursday in 18th District Court to allow more time to review the audit prepared by the Archdiocese of Detroit. A long-time employee […]




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Faithfully forgiven: Convicted thief rejoins church he hurt

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Charles Lohn was a thief and a liar. More than two years ago, the youth pastor at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church was convicted of embezzling more than $75,000 from church funds over a three-year period. The case was widely reported in local and national media. Lohn served a nine-month sentence, three months of house arrest […]




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78-year-old woman charged with taking $161,000 from Jacksonville church

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Chad Stewart said he and his family did what they could to make life easier for their seemingly sweet and frugal wheelchair-bound neighbor. Stewart helped cut the yard of Betty Barnes' modest one-story home in Jacksonville's Sans Souci neighborhood, where she lives alone. His mother would make periodic trips to Winn-Dixie to buy Barnes groceries […]




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In Norfolk, priest pleads guilty to embezzlement

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former priest of two Vietnamese Catholic churches received a suspended prison sentence Thursday after he was convicted of embezzling$84,450 from the diocese. Joseph Quoc Hai-Nguyen was found guilty of four counts of felony embezzlement and made full repayment to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Hai-Nguyen, 66, will not serve time in prison as long […]




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$l.5M embezzlement rallies church’s faith

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) — First Baptist Church in a Tennessee county seat now resonates with the "Trust, but verify" outlook of former President Ronald Reagan. Sadly, First Baptist's experience stems from the betrayal of trust by a 47-year staff member. In 2010, the Morristown church learned that $147,000 presumably sent to the Lottie Moon Christmas […]




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