Tag: theft

New Telephone Scam Targets Big Country Churches

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



ABILENE, Texas — KTXS has done stories on past scams in an attempt to warn you how to protect yourself, but it seems bad guys are aware people are on to their tricks and are changing their ways. Now thieves are going after churches in an attempt to exploit their charity. Abilene Police Detective John […]




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Church robbery could lead to end of congregation

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAWRENCE, Mass. — Members of a Lawrence church are reeling after an unholy act. Thieves stole cash and equipment and now the crime could force the congregation to close its doors. Just one day after celebrating their 25th anniversary, members of the First Haitian Baptist Church returned to find they'd been robbed. One day before […]




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Vandals use chainsaw to swipe sign from tiny church

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



A tiny church for Ethiopian immigrants in Hammonds Plains has been hit again by vandals, the latest incident involving their sign being cut down with a chainsaw. There have been two or three minor occurrences of vandalism since St. Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church opened more than a year ago, but the latest one has […]




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Church burgled to buy food

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



A SCARBOROUGH reverend yesterday spoke out after a man admitted breaking into his church – and stole from a charity box. Barry Lee Wright, 32, of Trafalgar Square, who has burgled properties before, got into Westborough Methodist Church. But he was seen on closed-circuit TV cameras as he helped himself to the contents of the […]




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Gesu Catholic Church reports funds missing to FBI

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Gesu Catholic Church on Parkside Blvd. contacted the FBI in Cleveland last week after the parish discovered money missing from one of its accounts. They've also been in touch with Fifth Third Bank, which handles its accounts. Diocese Spokesperson Sally Oberski said she doesn't know how much is missing. On the […]




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Affidavit: Church treasurer blamed theft on stress

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



SOUTHINGTON – In early December, Kelly Saucier confessed to the pastor of Plantsville Congregational Church that she was resigning from her position as treasurer and had done a terrible thing, according to a warrant for her arrest. She told the Rev. Richard A. Koenig that she stole "about $53,000 or $54,000." Saucier was charged this […]




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Former Bookkeeper Serving Time for Church Embezzlement

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



St. Isidore Catholic Church's former bookkeeper, Kathleen Dake, will spend the next several months behind bars, serving time for stealing more than $400,000 from the church. The 58-year-old Blackhawk resident, who worked for the church from 2002 to 2010, was sentenced last week to 300 days in jail and three years probation after pleading no […]




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Woman repays First United Methodist Church $44,000, charges dropped

| August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments



After she repaid the money, charges were dropped Thursday against a woman accused of embezzling from a Battle Creek church. Kathleen Vanorsdol, 36, of Kalamazoo and her attorney Jeffrey Getting presented a certified check for $44,000 to Calhoun County prosecutors and church officials in Calhoun County Circuit Court just before Vanorsdol could have been sentenced […]




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Jail Time In Danville Church Embezzlement Case

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



MARTINEZ, Calif. — A former Contra Costa County church bookkeeper who pleaded no contest to stealing more than $400,000 has been sentenced to 300 days in jail. Kathleen Dake entered her plea Thursday to five counts of grand theft by way of embezzlement, with an enhancement for taking more than $150,000. Dake worked as a […]




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Embezzlement: How Maine churches and charities can avoid it

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



It’s a familiar tale. It’s one that many longtime general practitioners of the law can tell. A concerned member of a nearly defunct but once thriving church or other charitable group walks through my door lamenting that some $50,000 of its funds just can’t be located. The concerned church or club member relates that its […]




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Pastor indicted for embezzling Christian bank funds

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The first criminal division of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office announced Wednesday that it had arrested and indicted Pastor Kang Bo-young, 65, on fraud charges for misappropriating 2.38 billion won ($2.3M) received from 284 ministers and congregation members as investment for the establishment of a Christian social welfare bank modeled on the microlender Grameen […]




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Plaque commemorating war dead stolen from church in Willaston

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



PLAQUES honouring the memory of the area’s war dead has been prised off a memorial stone. Metal thieves, branded ‘abhorrent’ by police, stooped to a new low at the weekend when the plaques, displaying the names of local soldiers lost during both world wars, were taken from the memorial stone at Christ Church, Neston Road, […]




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Church bowling league treasurer charged with theft

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The treasurer of a church bowling league was charged Tuesday with the theft of $11,000 in funds, Richland police said. John E. Bishop, 58, of Lansdale, was arraigned in Quakertown on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Richland Detective Ray Aleman said the theft from the Quakertown Community Church Bowling League […]




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N.J. Catholic Priest Gets 5-Year Jail for $200,000 Theft

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 65-year-old Catholic priest, recovering from alcoholism and suicidal tendencies, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison by a New Jersey court for stealing $300 a week from the parish for 20 years. The Rev. Joseph Davis, the former pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna, N.J., admitted to pocketing $300 a […]




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Worshipper robbed while praying in Benton Harbor church

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



BENTON HARBOR — An afternoon of prayer turned into a robbery Friday. Police say a man was robbed a little after 2 Friday afternoon while praying inside St. John and Bernard Parish, which is off Columbus and Catalpa streets in Benton Harbor. Detectives said they have seen it all — mostly break-ins and robberies in […]




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