Friday, January 29, 2010
Massachusetts Pastor & Wife Charged In $125+K Embezzlement From Church
The Rev. Isaias Rivera, pastor of Tabernaculo de Adoracion y Musica (Tabernacle of Praise and Music) in Lawrence, Massachusetts and his wife, Vivian Rivera, were arrested yesterday, together with a church secretary, for embezzling a total of about $137,000 from church coffers. According to authorities, the Riveras, and the church secretary, Kizzella Rivera (not related), misappropriated the funds by cashing unauthorized church checks over a period of five years from from 2004 to 2009. The police report indicates that Isaias Rivera (pictured upper left) allegedly took $102,732.28, Vivian Rivera (pictured upper right) cashed three checks in 2005 totaling $24,500, and Kizzella Rivera, wrote checks to herself totaling $9,500. The church is owned and run by the The Presbytery of Northern New England.