Skip to comments.Church secretary sentenced to probation for thefts ($30,000!)
Posted on 11/07/2015 7:58:11 PM PST by aimhigh
A former church secretary was sentenced Wednesday to six years of probation for stealing about $30,000 from the town of Burke church where she worked and had been a longtime member.
Her lawyer, Joel Winnig, and Assistant District Attorney Paul Humphrey had agreed to recommend 90 days in jail as a condition of six years of probation, but Circuit Judge Ellen Berz did not order the jail time.
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No jail time? Pathetic.
It’s that first stone thing. It’s gonna be OK.
Having gone through something eerily similar with our church, I have to say I’m shocked. The damage done will take years to repair. Probation only is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination unless she repays all of it with a penalty and goes before the church to confess and repent.
Church secretaries are paid positions, they need dependability and scheduling they can count on.
Absolutely nothing compared to what Senators get paid for their influence on just one deal.
Restitution is probably only possible if she is out working. And the church needs it.
Without it, I think jail time is absolutely necessary.
She claimed the “Rubio defense”. If they are too stupid to find it-— ITS OK!!
According to the article, she started stealing almost immediately.
When I was a teenager I ran the movie projector for our church and took it to other churches who didn’t have a projector and wanted to show a film. I once took it to a church to run a fundraising film because their treasurer had skipped town with all the church’s funds.
Happens to a lot of non-profits, not only churches. Shame on them for not setting up internal controls so that this would not happen.
At least they filed charges and went before a judge. This happens a more often than people think and gets quietly swept under the rug. Not usually such a large amount unless it’s over a long period of time but it isn’t all that uncommon.
At one time I needed to replace a clerk in the small business that my husband and I own. I placed an ad and received many responses. The job required that this person wear many hats, including handling money. I winnowed through the responses and found 3 that sounded promising and called the prospects in for interviews. They were all good, and I told my husband that I was having trouble making up my mind. He asked if I had checked the Wisconsin Circuit Court Records, an on-line service we have here in Wisconsin that offers thumbnail sketches of any arrests, or legal cases, in which a person may have been involved.
Of course you cannot refuse to hire just on the basis of a court record unless the position is a direct conflict with their previous infraction.
To make a long story short, 2 of the 3 prospects had convictions of “theft from employer”. So, I hired the third — a woman who turned out to be a flibberty-jibbet whom I found sitting on the desk, flirting with the newly-wed purchasing manager. After she sassed me in front of our outside accountant, I fired her and took over the position myself. Now, 15 years later, I am still doing the job. I am the ONLY one who handles money in the company. I do both accounts recievable and accounts payable, plus everything else nobody wants to do. It has worked out well.
Do a search in your local paper under the word embezzlement, and you will be amazed at what turns up — particularly in churches and municipal offices. Any place where cash changes hands. Other placec ripe for the pickings seem to be charities and PTAs, or Booster Clubs. And they usually get away with it.
Madison area woman skates with 6 years probation after theft of $30,000 from her church.
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maybe the hitlery campaign can hire her in their accounting division since she’s all about banning the box!
She needs to pay that money back. That is all.
I think she needs to serve time. I’m tired of these embezzlers getting off with a slap of a wet noodle.
We had a local PTA President who gambled away several thousand dollars of organization funds. Her husband covered for her and she got off with a warning. We had a secretary of the Milwaukee Diocese (or maybe it was Jesu church, I forget which) who embezzled thousands and got off.
We had a local clerk in my Municipality who regularly pocketed the dog license fees. She got off because she was black. The long time receptionist at the beauty salon where I get my hair cut stole about $40,000 in tips and “returns” to Aveda before she was caught. She’s out on Huber. She’s supposed to pay back the money but there is no time table.
Every local municipality around here has had a clerk, or higher, convicted of embezzlement. The manager of Family Sharing (a local charity) stole thousands. The caregiver of an elderly, wealthy woman in this county stole thousands and managed to manipulate the will so that she inherited the land.
An atttorney who lived behind me stole thousands from his mother’s trust fund and his clients to fund his wife’s horse farm. He did serve time and lose his law license, but they are tougher on attorneys. Another attorney in the neighborhood (someone whose name you would know) is about to lose his law license. His daughter (also an attorney) lost hers a couple of years ago for the same offenses. (mishandling client funds). It goes on and on.