Tag: theft

Judge has stern words for Baptist church bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The parents of Gerolanita Bailey referenced a comforting bit of scripture as they reminded Kent Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber in a letter that the "Lord's tender mercies are over all his works." Though that may be true, embezzling thousands of dollars from a Grand Rapids church is anything but a tender […]




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Southern Illinois pastor admits to embezzling funds, sentenced to prison

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former administrative pastor of the House of Prayer in Albion, Ill., has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he embezzled more than $250,000 from his church. Jason G. Laws, 44, entered a negotiated guilty plea Thurday to a felony charge of theft over $100,000, a class-2 felony. Circuit Judge Mark Shaner […]




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Man charged with 10 counts in theft from church fund

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Dodge County man suspected of stealing as much as $250,000 from his church's endowment fund has been charged with 10 counts of theft and four counts of identity theft. James Schlieve of Ixonia has admitted taking at least $190,000 from Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun, where he served on the church council and controlled […]




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Southern Ontario priest accused of stealing thousands from his church

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



LONDON — A former Catholic priest is accused of pilfering $180,000 from his parish. The OPP charged Rev. Robert Couture, who served at St. Patrick's and Blessed Sacrament churches in London from 1990-2002, with one count of theft over $5,000 after the London diocese contacted police in 2011 to report missing money. The diocese completed […]




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Orleans County: Nun admits stealing $128,000; faces jail time

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



ALBION — A Catholic nun faces up to six months in jail after she admitted in Orleans County Court Monday to stealing $128,000 from two churches where she served. Sister Mary Anne Rapp, 68, first waived her right to a grand jury proceeding before accepting the plea deal offered to her by District Attorney Joseph […]




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Pennsylvania State Police say school secretary/bookkeeper admits to $315,545 theft

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Catholic school secretary and bookkeeper was arrested on theft charges after auditors accused her of stealing $315,545 in a scheme involving tuition and gift cards. Pennsylvania State Police said today that Lynn M. Tomlinson, 43, of Valencia, told them she admitted to embezzlement when confronted by officials at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School in […]




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Former Church Treasurer Charged for Embezzling Over $30,000

| March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments



TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Janet Maureen Sego, 55, with four counts of theft for stealing over $30,000 from Bethany United Methodist Church. “This case is an unfortunate reminder that businesses and associations need to carefully supervise and audit those who handle their money,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “As the […]




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Organ valued at $200K stolen from Mt. Washington church

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



PITTSBURGH —  Authorities are investigating after an organ valued at $200,000 was stolen from a Mt. Washington church. According to police, St. Justin’s Catholic Church on Mt. Washington recently merged with St. Mary of the Mount, and was closed when the organ was stolen. Investigators said very few people have access to the church now […]




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Ex-church director is found guilty of embezzlement

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments



STAUNTON — Hired in 2004, Denise Y. Thornton began stealing money that same year from the Bethel Presbyterian Church, where her husband was a pastor. The thefts continued in earnest for five years until a church audit turned up numerous financial discrepancies. On Tuesday in Augusta County General District Court, Thornton, 45, pleaded guilty to […]




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Treasurer accused of stealing $165K from Gallatin church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) –  A Middle Tennessee church that's weathered nearly 200 years of history is concerned about the immediate future and years to come. It's all because of one of their own, their treasurer. Members said the treasurer stole more than $160,000 from the funds at Douglass Chapel United Methodist Church in Gallatin. "It's […]




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Heartless Thieves Steal Torah Scrolls From Bronx Synagogue

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Bronx synagogue suffered a terrible blow this week: the theft of three sifrey-Torah, or Torah scrolls, each one worth $45,000. The theft at the Orthodox shul, Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway, on East 208th Street in the Norwood Heights section, was discovered by a worker last Sunday. Besides the Torah scrolls, the thief also […]




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Omaha woman faces jail sentence in $50,000 theft from Blair church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former office manager was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing nearly $50,000 from the First Christian Church of Blair. Mary Ann Aten, 56, of Omaha pleaded no contest in Washington County District Court to felony theft and attempted misdemeanor income tax evasion. In return, the prosecution dropped two counts of income tax evasion and […]




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Former church employee faces new fraud charges

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



The Watauga County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against a former church employee accused of embezzling approximately $166,000 over a matter of years. On Jan. 3, Deerfield United Methodist Church reported a possible misappropriation of funds, alleging that approximately $48,000 had been misused by a former employee, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, […]




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Volunteer charged with embezzling $4,000 from local Catholic church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A volunteer treasurer for a local Catholic church is accused of stealing more than $4,000 from a special-activity fund over a nine-month period, Winston-Salem police said in a news release Monday. Rose Parks Hinson, 61, of 5313 Hunt Park Court in Winston-Salem was arrested Monday and charged with embezzlement. Hinson had been the volunteer treasurer […]




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While major crime plummets, the faithful get fleeced by thieves who target Bronx churches

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



Is nothing sacred? Priests at some Bronx churches have seen an uptick in crimes inside and around their houses of worship. Purses are stolen from pews during Communion. Cars parked outside get broken into during Mass. “It’s very sad,” said Rev. Francis Skelly of Immaculate Conception Church in Melrose. “You have to pray with one […]




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