Tag: theft

Senior accused of bilking church of $200K

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Chatham, Ont., man is accused of stealing $200,000 from his church over a 13-year period. The 82-year-old was a volunteer treasurer at Holy Trinity Church during the time the crime was alleged to have taken place. Earlier in February, members of the church contacted police about funds they said were missing from their congregational […]




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Ex-Financial Officer Of Pontiac Church Charged With Embezzlement

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



PONTIAC (WWJ) – The former Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Baptist Church was arrested Wednesday for allegedly embezzling more than half a million dollars from the Pontiac institution. Reuben Bynum, a 61-year-old resident of West Bloomfield Township, is accused of embezzling approximately $650,000 over the last six years. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said their […]




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Why church fraud happens more often than you think

| February 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORHEAD – As pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, N.D., the Rev. Alan R. Werth said he stayed far away from the congregation’s money. He didn’t want to be accused of mishandling funds. So when Werth found out in 2001 that the church’s secretary just down the hall stole more than $160,000 over three […]




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Metal thieves cause gas leak after raiding Westcliff synagogue

| February 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



THIEVES risked causing an explosion at a synagogue when they stole copper piping. Crooks ripped the metal down from Southend and District Reform Synagogue, causing gas to escape into the street for about ten hours. They then carried the ten feet of piping away in full view of passing traffic in London Road, Westcliff. Luckily […]




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CORONA: Church bookkeeper suspected of stealing thousands

| February 18, 2012 | 0 Comments



A longtime bookkeeper at a Corona church has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $220,000 from the ministry since 2003. Charges have not yet been filed against Gigi Wellott, 47, of Corona. Prosecutors are still reviewing the allegations and do not have an estimate on when charges would be filed, said John Hall, spokesman for […]




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Pastor sentenced to 5 years on embezzlement charges

| February 18, 2012 | 0 Comments



COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A former Midlands pastor has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after he pled guilty to embezzling over $250,000 from his church. The Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office says Charles Ledford embezzled $253,827.43 from the Elmwood Avenue Church of God over a 10-year period. Police opened an investigation in April 2011 […]




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Man ‘prayed’ before allegedly stealing from church collection box

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



A surveillance video taken by a Catholic church shows a man kneeling and apparently praying for several minutes before busting open a collection box that contained donations left in the small prayer chapel in northwest Houston. “I wondered if he was praying, ‘Dear God, Please don’t let me get caught,’ or ‘Dear God, Please forgive […]




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$21,000 church theft lands woman in jail

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



A judge Monday sentenced a Mauston area woman to spend 30 days in the Juneau County Jail for felony theft from area churches and businesses. "There are some things you just don't do, and one of them is stealing from a church," District Attorney Scott Southworth told the court before sentencing for Christine Gillan-Popp. Gillan-Popp, […]




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Calvary Baptist music teacher arrested on suspicion of embezzlement

| February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments



An investigation into allegations of embezzlement by church employees at Calvary Baptist Church prompted the arrest of music teacher Jared Burkholder, it was reported today. A Temecula police officer was called to the church just after 9 p.m on Feb. 12 to investigate claims by church officials that Burkholder had been stealing cash from the […]




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Thief: Church didn’t watch finances

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Huron woman who stole $140,000 from two local churches could end up paying more than twice that amount in restitution and penalties when all is said and done. Deborah Collinsworth, 48, was recently sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to theft, grand theft, misuse of a credit card and attempted tampering […]




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Stolen items from Cape church recovered

| February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – It's not something that happens everyday. Stolen property was returned to the rightful owner. In this case, several items were recovered and given back to a Cape Girardeau Church. About a month ago a break in at the Apostolic Promise Church in Cape Girardeau stunned the congregation. It was so […]




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Probation for woman in church theft

| February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



Circuit Judge Daniel Murphy sentenced Molly Louise Marteney on Thursday to 36 months of supervised probation in connection with funds discovered missing at the First Assembly of God in Lebanon. Marteney, 62, will not go to prison, nor will she have to reimburse the church. In 2007 when the thefts occurred, Marteney held several positions […]




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Woman faces charges in theft of priest’s wallet

| February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



RACINE — A 40-year-old Milwaukee woman arrested in October made her initial appearance in circuit court on Thursday for allegedly using the credit card of a local Roman Catholic priest. Amanda McGettrick faces six counts of felony ID theft as a party to the crime. If she is convicted of all six charges, she faces […]




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Thieves target East County church

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments



For the second time in less than two weeks, someone has visited Rivercrest Community Church in East Multnomah County, but not for worship services. Sometime between 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, seven heating and air conditioning units were stolen from the church’s property in the 3200 block of Northeast […]




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Former Bemidji priest being investigated for theft, donations

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments



EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – An East Grand Forks priest is being accused of theft of personal property and misappropriation of donations for Africa. The Crookston diocese has placed an associate pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Father Carlos Velez, on administrative leave. The East Grand Forks Police Department confirmed it is investigating Velez. According […]




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