Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Church treasurer charged with embezzling from congregation in Michigan

A St. Joseph man is accused of abusing the trust of his church. Jon Michael Rupple was charged with embezzling more than $100.000 from Saint Peter's Church in Saint Joe. The long-time member will be arraigned later this month. For almost a decade, Ruppel allegedly took money from the Sunday offering for his own use.

He was arrested March 11 and released from custody on March 12.
St. Joseph Police declined to comment, but Probable Cause documents show almost a decade and $260,000 worth of theft.
According to the document, St. Peter's Church Board President and Secretary noticed a $300,000 account was left with only $500. Ruppel and one other person had access to the account.

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