Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Woman Accused of Embezzling Thousands from St. Joseph Church in Missouri

FROM  StJoeChannel.com -

A business manager is accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a St. Joseph church.

Police arrested Pamela A. West, 49, Monday after receiving an embezzlement report from Wyatt Park Christian Church earlier this month.
West, a former business manager for the church, is now charged with felony stealing.

According to court documents, West used Wyatt Park's checking account and credit cards to pay her bills and make purchases.

The prosecutor's office alleges West forged another woman's name on checks from the church's account to pay her monthly rent, totaling $6,800 from Sept. 2011 to June 2012.

West is also accused of writing payroll checks to herself worth nearly $20,000.

Police said an anonymous tip helped uncover the mismanagement of funds.

Det. Richard Shelton said after the church learned of the allegations, they reviewed the books and noticed how much money was missing.
He said the church is still reviewing the funds.

West is being held at the Buchanan County jail on a $15,000 bond.

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