Woman pleads guilty theft of church funds

| July 30, 2010

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)– The Onalaksa woman charged of embezzling more than $350,000 dollars from a La Crosse church has pleaded guilty.

Ann M. Carson, 47 year old, is accused of three counts of theft to a business setting of over ten thousand dollars.

Carson was an administrative assistant at North Presbyterian Church .

According to the criminal complaint, while employed Carson is accused of writing checks from the church account to herself and then cashing them.

From March of 2000 to June of 2010, the church lost approximately 364, 418.12.

"Carson plead guilty to everything she was accused of doing. She plead guilty to every crime she was charged of because she admits that she did wrong and we are trying to get the matter resolved as quickly as we can for her sentencing because she wants to accept the responsibility for her actions, " said attorney Jim Kroner, representing Ann M Carson.

"We are a loving and wonderful congregation and it will take a time before forgiveness will reach all of us, but justice needs to be served first. We will continue on," said Nancy Carlsen, a member of North Presbyterian Church.

The maximum penalty for all three counts against Carson is no more than thirty years in prison and no more than 75-thousands dollars in fines or both.

Carson will be back in La Crosse County court for sentencing on Friday, August 20th at 10:00 a.m.



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