May 13, 2013 – Stillwater Okla. – Dana Sue Eckhart 43 years of age, has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $141,000 from the UMC Stillwater, since 2009. According to authorities, UMC Stillwater informed police that Eckhart had written unauthorized checks to herself, her husband and others from 2009 through 2012. The church also questions hundreds of purchases by Eckhart utilizing church-issued credit card. Dana Eckhart pleaded not guilty and is free on $50,000 bond and due in court for preliminary hearing sometime in June 2013.
Aug. 24, 2012 – PHILADELPHIA — A former executive of the Philadelphia archdiocese is due in court Friday to be sentenced for stealing more than $900,000 from the church.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/24/4753572/pa-churchs-ex-cfo-being-sentenced.html#storylink=copy
July 16, 2012 – Police are police are investigating an alleged embezzlement of $109,454 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.
Read more: http://newsok.com/churches-tighten-financial-controls-to-avoid-repeat-embezzlement/article/3692658#ixzz215PAd0wA
May 2, 2011 – DANVILLE, Calif. — A volunteer and two former employees accused of embezzling nearly $600,000 from a Danville church were arrested and charged Monday, authorities said.
After an internal investigation that began in May 2010 at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church, Kathleen Dake and Virgilio Lukban were arrested on suspicion of embezzlement Monday.
Prosecutors told the Contra Costa Times that Dake, 58, and Lukban, 46, were charged with 5 counts of embezzlement. A third person, Evelyn Peinado, 64, has been charged with 3 counts. The three are accused of embezzling a combined $580,000 from the church.
Danville police Chief Steve Simpkin told the newspaper that the three embezzled about $360,000 through the use of credit cards, while Dake allegedly took another $220,000 by using church checks for personal expenses.
In a statement, Diocese of Oakland spokesman Mike Brown said church officials began an internal investigation in May 2010 when the pastor of the church noticed “irregularities” in the parish financial office.
When the Diocesan Finance office was notified in August 2010, it reported the irregularities to the Danville Police Department, which began a criminal investigation, the statement said.
Dake was the full-time office manager at the church, while Lukban was a full-time facilities manager, according to Brown.
Peinado was not an employee, but worked as a volunteer and is a member of the church.
Dake was being held on $433,000 bond and Lukban on $134,000 bond. Both were expected to be arraigned Tuesday, said Danville police Det. Sgt. Allan Shields.
Peinado was arraigned Monday, released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to court later this month, according to Shields.
It was not known if any of the three had retained attorneys.
Sentenced: Henry M. Humphrey, 72, pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, to two years in prison, and ordered to pay $831,742.56 in restitution, “for conspiring to defraud the United States, soliciting kickbacks of federal funds, committing wire fraud, submitting a false writing to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and conspiring to launder money.” [press release, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky]
January 19, 2011 –
Gregory Sims, pastor at The Crossroads Church of Dade City, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for embezzling money from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 915.
As part of the sentenced, U.S. District Judge Virginia Covington ordered Sims to repay $813,142, the proceeds of the embezzlement, a statement form the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.
Sims, who managed the IBEW funds, pleaded guilty in September. He was accused of unlawfully diverting money from the union funds to the Crossroads Church, the statement said.
November 19, 2010 – CHINO — A former administrator at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills has pleaded no contest to embezzling money from the church.
Farrukh Ahmed, 48, entered his plea Thursday in Chino Superior Court as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that carries a nine-month jail sentence.
Ahmed’s plea bargain also calls for him to be placed on probation for three years and to pay $25,000 in restitution to the church. The Ontario resident is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20.
Ahmed was arrested in December by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies who accused him of embezzling about $750,000 from the church between 2006 and 2009.
Deputy District Attorney Will Wooten said that Ahmed is required to repay only $25,000 because prosecutors felt they would have been unable to prove the embezzlement was as extensive as church officials believed.
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?
Attorneys for the Rev. Donald Armstrong and the Pueblo District Attorney’s office were pleased Monday with the plea agreement in the criminal case involving the former rector of Grace and St. Stephen’s Church in Colorado Springs.
A Fourth Judicial District grand jury indicted Armstrong in May 2009 on 20 felony counts of embezzling $392,000 from Grace Church. Armstrong on Friday pled no contest to one felony count, according to El Paso County court files. Though Armstrong in his plea doesn’t admit guilt, the court views it in a legal sense as a guilty plea.
As part of the agreement, Armstrong admitted guilt to a new charge, misdemeanor theft, said Pueblo District Attorney Bill Thiebaut. A sentencing hearing on this charge will happen before the end of the year.
Armstrong’s sentence could include a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 18 months in the El Paso County Jail. Misdemeanor charges are brought for thefts between $500 and $1,000.
On the felony count, Armstrong has been placed on four-year’s probation. If violated, he will be a convicted felon and could face four to 12 years in prison.
Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/armstrong-104949-indicted-don.html#ixzz10qSlMBrw
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Aug 2100 – Ann Carson secretary for the North Presbyterian Church for over 20 years will spend the next three years in prison for embezzlement of $364,000 of members money. Ann Carson stole more then $85,000 of donations made in memory of loved ones, according to the pastor. Ann Carson was discovered after a church member attempted a financial audit. The external audit showed Ann Carson had been writing checks to herself and falsifying the books.
In addition to the 3 year prison sentence, Ann Carson was sentence includes 15 years of extended supervision and requires her to put a quarter of her earning toward repaying the entire amount of $364,418.12 back to the church. Question: When was your last audit done? If you believe that this can’t happen at your church, then think again! It can and it will without the proper audits and security measures in place. Are you prepared?