Saturday, January 9, 2010

Virginia Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling More Than $300K From Church & School

Lois Beatrice Clemons, 57, of Winchester, Virginia, pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling more than $300,000 from the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church and its Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy where she was employed as a bookkeeper. According to authorities, Clemons embezzled the money from December 2003 until January 2009, which she used to pay buy a house, make home improvements, purchase automobiles and pay school tuition for her children. She plead guilty to 55 counts of embezzlement in Frederick County Circuit Court and is due to be sentenced on March 4th.

Read the story here and here.

Update (3/30/10): Clemons was sentenced to 8 years in prison and must pay $308,520 in restitution to the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church and the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Academy as a result of her misappropriations.

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