Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Massachusetts Woman Charged With Embezzling More Than $100K From Church Coffers

Donna M. Rood, 47, of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, has been indicted for allegedly skimming "well over" $100,000 from the collections coffers of the St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic church where she had been responsible for counting collections. Specifically, Rood has been charged with larceny by embezzlement over $250 and making false entries in corporate books. Prosecutors allege Rood simply kept some of the cash from the collections and deposited them into her own accounts. Rood held that position from 2003 until June 2009 but is believed to have stolen the funds between 2005 and 2009. The scheme was uncovered by a parish priest who had privately counted the collections and found discrepancies with Rood's count. Prosecutors believe Rood took mostly large bills for herself.

Read the story here, here and here.

Watch a news video here.

Update (6/14/11): Rood pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement over $250 and making false entries into corporate books. She was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution.

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