Thursday, September 16, 2010

Michigan Church Official Accused Of Embezzling $100K

Robert G. Mathis, 64, formerly of Birch Run, Michigan and currently of Houston, Texas, has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from Christ Lutheran Church in Birch Run where he had served as congregation president for the past 12 years. Specifically, Mathis has been charged with conducting a continuing criminal enterprise, embezzling more than $100,000, third-degree money laundering and three counts of forgery. Authorities believe Mathis misappropriated the funds by writing checks and forging signatures. Update: Mathis has plead guilty to the charges.

Read the story here and here.

1 comment:

Prevent Church Fraud said...

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