Tag: Financial Crime

W Cape bookkeeper appears for theft

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



CAPE TOWN – The trial of a church bookkeeper accused of stealing more than R2 million was postponed in the George Regional Court on Wednesday, Western Cape police said. Gwendoline Leyd, 45, was warned to appear again on February 28, Captain Bernadine Steyn said. Leyd faces 10 charges of theft for alleged offences committed between […]




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Ex-employee held in theft of $150K from Cypress church

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former church employee is behind bars, accused of bilking a Cypress church out of more than $150,000 over a three-year period, according to the Harris County District Attorney's office. The suspect, Rebekah M. Talley, 33, of Magnolia, is charged with felony theft in connection with the case, court records show. The alleged scheme began […]




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Priest with gambling habit facing prison in Vegas

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



A lawyer was due to ask a federal judge on Friday to reject a call for almost three years of prison time and give probation to a Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to siphoning $650,000 over eight years from his northwest Las Vegas parish gift shop, votive candle collection, prayer funds to support his […]




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Accused St. Matthew Embezzler Waives Preliminary Hearing

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former St. Matthew secretary accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the school waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Darlene A. Vodvarka, 57, of Oak Creek, waived the hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Wednesday and is now clear to stand trial on two counts of theft of more than $10,000. If convicted, she could […]




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Houses of Worship Work to Combat Fraud

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



LAS VEGAS — Typically fraud schemes and embezzlement in government and business make the news. But fraud examiners say places of worship are the most vulnerable to fraud. Experts say it is an unlikely venue that needs more safeguards. The Nehemiah Ministries on Rancho Drive and Gowan Road takes extra precautions . "With everything we […]




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Pastor arraigned on embezzlement charges

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- A Grand Rapids pastor, formally charged with embezzlement, may have misused more than $230,000 from the church. Tuesday morning, Reverend Arthur Pearson arrived at the Kent County jail. He's accused of embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000 from Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Court documents show the amount could have been much more. […]




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Former employee charged with embezzling church funds

| January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Canton woman has been charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from a Westland church where she was a longtime employee. That amount is only a fraction of the nearly $143,000 reported missing from St. Theodore Catholic Church and allegedly used by former bookkeeper Kathleen Galoch to pay her family's personal bills, with the permission […]




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Accused Pastor Did Not Misuse ‘One Cent,’ Attorney Says

| December 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



Pastor Leon Piepenbrink did not pilfer, pillage or plunder "one cent" of the $62,500 he is accused of taking, says defense attorney Kenneth Ubong Udoibok. Piepenbrink is facing trial for allegedly stealing $62,500 from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod (WELS) between 2007 and 2010. Piepenbrink was charged in May 2011 with seven felony counts […]




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Lakeland Pastor Accused of Stealing $110,000 From Church

| December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND | The former pastor of New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church was arrested Thursday on charges of stealing more than $110,000 from the Lakeland church. Joe S. Hardie, 67, is accused of scheme to defraud, grand theft and three counts of money laundering, according to an ­investigation by the State Attorney's Office. If convicted […]




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Woman arrested for forging $15K in church checks

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



RICHMOND — That someone would forge more than $15,000 in checks from a church is “just a sign of the times we’re living in,” according to the Rev. Robert Blythe. “Folks these days are willing to do anything to satisfy what they define as their needs,” he said. First Baptist Church at Francis and Collins […]




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Former church official of historic DC church sentenced to 8 years for embezzling $850,000

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON — The former chief financial officer of a historic church in Washington has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for embezzling $850,000 from the institution. Forty-year-old Jason Todd Reynolds of Bowie was sentenced Wednesday. He was also ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to repay $851,300 in restitution, as well […]




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Police Say Scottsville Pastor Embezzles More Than $300,000 From His Church

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



The small town of Scottsville is a very close knit community which is why most are staying quiet about what exactly happened behind the doors of the Gospel Outreach Church. Billy Owen Minix ran the church for more than 10 years and in that time, police say he embezzled more than 300,000 dollars. "I didn't […]




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Plea talk in Santa Rosa church embezzlement case

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



The lawyer for a Guerneville woman accused of embezzling more than $712,000 from a Santa Rosa church said Wednesday settlement talks are underway. Eleanor Zapanta, 51, the former business manager at Center for Spiritual Living on Occidental Road, is charged with stealing the money over a seven-year period, from 2004-2010. She faces a maximum 12 […]




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Manager allegedly stole from church

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



TRAVERSE CITY — Carolyn Lavon Burns asked Grand Traverse County sheriff's Detective Paul Gomez to step onto her porch when he appeared at her Crown Golf Course home to discuss theft accusations. Burns, 61, the business manager at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Blair Township, said she knew police eventually would show up to discuss […]




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Man attempting to scam local congregants, say police, synagogue

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



A con man is making the rounds in Lubbock congregations, police and members of a local synagogue say. Congregation Shaareth Israel president Jonathan Marks said a man giving his name as Alan Farahat solicited money from the congregation during its Friday evening service. “He asked if he could make an announcement before the service started, […]




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