Woman Accused Of Stealing From Church

| April 29, 2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A woman is now free on bail after being charged with allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from a church over a period of seven years, said prosecutors.

Alice Miller, 43, of Allentown, was charged today with theft and receiving stolen property.

Prosecutors said she stole $112,563 from the Zion Evangelical Congregational Church at 224 West Susquehanna Street in Allentown between September, 2002 and September, 2009. They said she worked there as a treasurer since 2002.

Prosecutors said the alleged theft was found after the church's newly-hired pastor asked Miller for a full accounting of the church's finances and found irregularities in the accounting system and numerous unpaid debts.

An audit determined Miller had been writing unauthorized checks payable to herself and her husband from church accounts, said prosecutors. They also said she made unauthorized cash withdrawals from church accounts

Miller’s husband has not been charged because there was no evidence that he was involved in the theft or that he knew about the alleged actions of his wife, who handled their finances, said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Miller was freed today on $75,000 unsecured bail.

 

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