Monday, February 21, 2011

Connecticut Man Charged With Embezzling $400K From Church; Already In Jail For Other Embezzlements

Alan Jonas, 63, formerly of New Britain, Connecticut, has been charged with embezzling nearly $400,000 from the First Baptist Church in Southington, Connecticut where he had served as head of its finance committee. Jonas, a CPA by training, is currently serving time for embezzling $38,000 from Chorale Connecticut, a non-profit he served as treasurer and another $70,000 from an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's desease. According to authorities, Jonas issued at least 111 checks on church accounts to himself. The total amount Jonas misappropriated is reported to be $396,228.69 over a period of six years from 2004 until 2010. According to media reports, Jonas was previously convicted in 1999 of embezzling $22,000 from Middlesex Hospital, where he had served as chief financial officer, reportedly to buy pornography. He has been arrested on first degree larceny charges.

Read the story here, here and here.

This is a case of shame on you - the guy had prior convictions and should not have held any fiduciary positions.

Update (7/17/12): Jonas, now 65, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, to be suspended after eight years served, followed by five years of probation. Jonas previously pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree larcency.  Restitution is still to be determined.

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