Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ladera Ranch, California Church secretary admits stealing $200,000

A former church secretary who pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $200,000 in church donations will be sentenced to five years in prison, county prosecutors said. Crystina Renee Bock, 38, of Ladera Ranch, used to work part-time as the financial secretary for the Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo.
On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to 62 felony counts of grand theft, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
She will be sentenced to five years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution on May 7, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Bock stole the funds between June 2005 and September 2008. Bock, who prepared the church's deposits, took over 440 congregants' donation checks and deposited them into her personal account, prosecutors said.
Church officials discovered the theft in September 2008 and alerted police, they said.

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