$384,000 Embezzled from a Church - II
February 19, 2010
When you have a job, you trust your employer and they trust you. But at a church in Westlake, Louisiana, the trusted financial secretary ripped off the church of more than $384,000.
Mr. Schiff: When you have a job, you trust your employer and they trust you. But at a church in Westlake, Louisiana, the trusted financial secretary ripped off the church of more than $384,000.
Mr. Gavurnik: "Ultimately she used her position of trust to manipulate her employer and to hide the crimes she committed.”
Mr. Schiff: FBI Special Agent Andrew Gavurnik in Louisiana. He says the church used computer software to monitor financial transactions.
Mr. Gavurnik: "The subject used the software, manipulated the software to basically steal the money; she would write checks for expenses and reimbursements to those expenses to certain people, however, it was actually the checks were written to her.”
Mr. Schiff: Gavurnik says the financial secretary also got church credit cards in her name and other people’s names and used them for personal things.
Mr. Gavurnik: "She would pay those charges for those credit cards with the church’s bank account.”
Mr. Schiff: Wire and mail fraud charges were filed and the woman pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay back the church and an insurance company. I’m Neal Schiff of the Bureau, and that’s the FBI’s Closed Case of the Week.
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