Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Michigan Man Accused Of Embezzling Nearly $300K From Church
Jon Michael Ruppel, 46, of St. Joseph, Michigan, has been charged with embezzling nearly $300,000 from Saint Peter's United Church of Christ where he has served as church treasurer. According to authorities, Ruppel's thefts spanned about an 8 year period beginning in or about 2002, by taking cash from the the collection plate as well as fraudulently withdrawing funds from the church's gift account for his own benefit. Ruppel faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charge of embezzlement of more than $100,000.