Winchester woman will serve 8 years for church embezzlement

| March 31, 2010

WINCHESTER — A local woman must serve eight years in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a church and its school in Frederick County over several years.

Judge John Prosser sentenced Lois Beatrice Clemons to two years in prison for each of four felony counts of embezzlement. She received two-terms for each of 47 felony embezzlement charges, which Prosser suspended.

Clemons, 57, of 3347 Shawnee Drive, Winchester, also must pay $308,520 in restitution to the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church and the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Academy.

Clemons wept as he commented on the case and then she apologized before he imposed the sentence.

Clemons also received 12-month jail terms, all suspended, for each of four misdemeanor charges of embezzlement. All time is to run consecutively. Prosser order Clemons to serve five years of supervised probation followed by 15 years of unsupervised probation upon release.

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Category: Church Security