Church crime continues to grow by more than 6 percent a year.
At this rate, worldwide church financial fraud may reach the $80 billion mark by 2025. About 80 percent of all cases of church fraud go unreported and therefore are not included in statistics.
Not only did she steal cash, but she also told parents that since she was the director, the daycare’s bank account was in her name so they should make their checks payable to her.
To cover the theft, she carried out an administrative “sleight of hand.” Parents paid tuition in three-week increments, so the director re-enrolled some students every few weeks.
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Later, he returned unused items for a cash refund and then pocketed the money. Perhaps, but it’s an actual incident of church theft.
Increasing at an annual rate of more than six percent, researchers expect worldwide church financial fraud to reach the billion mark by 2025. Most cases of church fraud go unreported and therefore are not included in statistics.
“Often, church people can’t bring themselves to believe that their pastor, a church trustee, long-time member, or the school cook could possibly steal from the church,” Lichtenberger says.
“Normally, it’s one of the most trusted people in the church who’s pilfering from the collection plate, or diverting funds from the church budget or investment accounts to feed their spending habits or pay personal debts.” Several years ago, a church daycare director managed to steal 0,000 before church leaders caught up with her.