Woman repays First United Methodist Church $44,000, charges dropped

| August 22, 2011

After she repaid the money, charges were dropped Thursday against a woman accused of embezzling from a Battle Creek church.

Kathleen Vanorsdol, 36, of Kalamazoo and her attorney Jeffrey Getting presented a certified check for $44,000 to Calhoun County prosecutors and church officials in Calhoun County Circuit Court just before Vanorsdol could have been sentenced after earlier entering a plea.

Vanorsdol would have faced up to 10 years in prison but as part of a plea agreement, the charge was dropped in exchange for restitution.

Battle Creek police and the church alleged she stole at least $47,737 between Sept. 1 2009 and April 1, 2011, when an audit revealed the theft. But assistant prosecutor Sarah Lincoln said officials could only corroborate $44,000.

Several members of the congregation and Pastor Billie Dalton attended the hearing and accepted the check.



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