Woman gets 17 months for $130,000 theft at Muncie church

| June 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Angela Renee Linder on Tuesday recounted her long battle with bipolar disorder, and said she was a survivor of both sexual abuse as a child and domestic abuse as an adult.

But the 42-year-old rural Yorktown woman was unable to convince a U.S. District Court judge that she did not deserve to go to prison for embezzling more than $130,000 during the nine years she worked as an accounting administrator at Muncie’s Union Chapel United Methodist Church.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt imposed a 17-month sentence and ordered Linder to pay $138,000 in restitution — $38,000 to the church and $100,000 to an insurance company that had compensated Union Chapel for that much of its loss.

Linder — the mother of three children — and her defense attorney, Mark McKinney, had tried to persuade the judge to impose a sentence consisting of electronic home detention followed by probation.

“I do pray for mercy,” Linder said as her husband and two oldest children looked on. “(The children) need their mother, and I need them. … I am sorry beyond measure for what I have done.”



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