Woman gets probation for theft from church

| November 18, 2009

EDWARDSVILLE – An Edwardsville woman, originally charged with felony theft for stealing from a church, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and is serving a year of probation.

Elizabeth Klaas, 36, pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court to theft of less than $300 after originally being charged with taking $5,000 from Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Water St.

A judge also ordered that the $3,000 cash she posted to get out of jail be applied to costs and fees. The plea was accepted on Oct. 5.

Klaas was charged May 28 with stealing from the Trinity Lutheran Parent Teacher Organization. An audit revealed a shortage in the account. The charge claimed she stole the money between June 1, 2007, and June 1, 2008.

Klaas was the second woman charged with stealing from the church this year.

Authorities also charged Deanna Huntley with stealing $16,000 from the church. She has a trial date of Dec. 7. She was an employee who allegedly took money from the weekly offering. Officials said in May they were not aware of any connection between the two cases.

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