IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – October 19, 2010 – The former bookkeeper at an Idaho Falls church has been sentenced to three days in jail for embezzling more than $2,000.
Seventh District Judge Gregory Anderson sentenced 58-year-old Terri Lee Ward Johnson on Monday. He ordered her to pay $1,875 in restitution to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, perform 100 hours of community service and spend three years on probation.
If Johnson completes probation and the terms of her sentence, Anderson said the charge could be expunged from her record.
The Post Register reports Johnson was arrested on April 5 after church officials reported just over $2,000 missing. She pleaded guilty to felony grand theft in August as part of a plea agreement. Johnson was sentenced Monday. Currently, embezzlement is the #1 crime against churches in America! What measures have you taken to ensure your church is not next. Do you perform background checks on all your employees and volunteers? How often do you repeat these background checks? Are you conducting annual audits by a third party? What check and balances do you have in place to ensure the safety of God’s money?