Posted By Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz || 18-Sep-2015
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 owner.
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
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