Monday, June 3, 2013

Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling More Than $500K From Synagogue

From NECN on 5/31/13:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to a charge related to the embezzlement of more than $500,000 from a synagogue where she was the president.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Friday that 45-year-old Jodi Churchill of Orange pleaded guilty to mail fraud during an appearance in federal court in Hartford.

Authorities say Churchill embezzled the money from Beth El Synagogue in Southbury starting in 2010. Authorities say Churchill used embezzled funds to pay school-related expenses for her children, expenses for leasing a horse, vehicle expenses, airline tickets and hotels for personal travel. They say she also provided stolen money to a relative.

Churchill is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 5 and faces up to 20 years in prison.


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