Some interesting statistics in these cases include:
- 19 out of the 21 cases (90.5%) involve an alleged perpetrator who held a bookkeeping, finance or other fiduciary position;
- 4 out of the 21 cases (19%) involve an alleged perpetrator with a prior history of fraud;
- Average duration: 7 years
May 2011 - Beth Ann Boger, 44, of Garrett, Indiana, was charged with embezzling more than $364,000 from the St. Joseph Catholic Church where she had served as bookkeeper. According to authorities, over a nearly five year period, from June 2004 to April 2009, Boger wrote checks from church coffers to a business she owned called Accents By Beth and used the money for her own benefit. Boger was indicted on six counts of felony wire fraud and four counts of felony tax evasion. Her case is pending.
May 2011 - Louanne Aponte, 52, of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from Family Connections, a child care services non-profit, for which she had served as executive director. She also took funds from the Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and the Hyde Park Christian Church, where she had served as treasurer, according to prosecutors. When a state audit found that Aponte had falsified records, she reportedly fled to Venezuela in February 2010, but returned six months later when she was arrested. Louanne Aponte, formerly known as Louanne Shetter, was twice convicted on embezzlement charges in the 1980s, according to reports.