Woman accused of taking $129,000 from church

| February 1, 2011

SANTA ANA – A former bookkeeper will be arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on Friday for embezzling money from a Tustin church by writing 154 checks to herself.

Elyse Marie Kennedy, 37, of Santa Ana has been charged with 154 felony counts of forgery with sentencing enhancements and allegations for aggravated white-collar crime. Theoretically, Kennedy could get probation, prosecutors say, but she faces a sentence of anywhere from 16 months to 107 years in state prison if convicted.

Prosecutors accuse Kennedy of stealing more than $129,000 from the accounts of St. Paul's Episcopal Church when she was the bookkeeper between 2007 and 2009. She wrote checks to herself from the church's bank accounts without the knowledge or consent of church authorities, prosecutors say.




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