One woman in Pennsylvania has been charged with
theft. The woman allegedly stole over $100,000 from a church. She recently waived
a hearing in connection with the theft charges.
The woman formerly served as an assistant to a bishop in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
According to authorities, she pilfered $50,000 from the mission investment
fund of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod. Officials said she accomplished
this by making a check out to the dog-training business of which she is
The woman is also accused of making unauthorized purchases as well as cash
withdrawals going back to 2009. Using a debit card that was issued to
her for business related to the synod, she was able to steal over $40,000.
Police charged the 64-year-old woman with theft by both deception and
unlawful taking. Both of these are felonies in the third degree.
Every person in Pennsylvania who faces theft charges has the right to go
to trial, where he or she will force prosecutors to prove the formal charges
using evidence that meets the strict requirements of the state's criminal
justice system. If appropriate, however, the defense counsel for the woman
might explore the possibility of a plea deal with the prosecution. The
benefit of a plea deal is that it may result in a lighter sentence for
the accused person compared to what may typically result from a guilty
verdict at trial. The criminal defense will push for an outcome that satisfies
the client and makes sure that none of his or her rights are violated
at any stage of the criminal proceeding.
Source: titusvilleherald.com, "Woman waives charges she stole more than $100k from church to court", Sept. 16, 2015