Three Arrested In Danville Church Embezzlement Scam

| May 3, 2011

DANVILLE, Calif. — Three people associated with St. Isidore Church in Danville have been charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing $580,000 in church funds, according to Danville police and church officials.

Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office charged Kathleen Dake, 58, of Blackhawk, and Virgilio Lukban, 46, of Danville, with five counts of embezzlement each and Evelyn Peinado with three counts of embezzlement.

Dake was an office manager who began working at the church in 2002, and Luken was a facilities manager who began working at the church in 2003, according to Diocese of Oakland spokesman Mike Brown.

Peinado was a volunteer at the church, Brown said.

Simpkins said police began an investigation last August after they were first made aware of the missing funds.

The investigation revealed that Dake, Peinado and Lukban allegedly stole about $360,000 from the church through the fraudulent use of credit cards, Simpkins said.

Dake is also charged with stealing an additional $220,000 by allegedly using checks from St. Isidore's for personal expenses, he said.

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