Thursday, December 29, 2011

Church Secretary In Wisconsin Charged With Embezzling $217K

Darlene Vodvarka, 57, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin has been charged with embezzling $217,483 from the St. Matthew Catholic Church where she had served as church secretary.  Authorities allege that over a 7 year period, from June 2004 through June 2011, Vodvarka took cash and check receipts from proceeds generated from "scrip" sales - gift cards and the like.  Authorities also allege that Vodvarka attempted to conceal the fraud by falsifying the church's books.  Specifically, Vodvarka has been charged with two counts of felony theft of more than $10,000.  She had been church secretary for 14 years.

Read the story herehere and here.

Hat tip: FraudTalk reader Joe.

Update (3/1/12): Vodvarka is now being sued in civil court by St. Matthew Catholic Church of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, along with her husband, Edward Vodvarka, alleging fraud, theft, conversion and unjust enrichment.  The suit is seeking recovery of what the church alleges is more than $400,000.  The embezzlement is now believed to date back to at least 2000.  Vodvarka plead guilty last month in the criminal case and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20, 2012.

Update (3/20/12): Vodvarka has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to two charges of felony theft.

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