Woman gets prison time for forging checks, stealing money from church

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Central Texas woman was given federal prison time after being convicted of bank fraud and pleading guilty to forging checks to steal money from the church she worked at, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Stacey A. Sanders, 52, worked as an office manager at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fredricksburg. From 2009 to 2016, Sanders forged checks moving money from the church’s trust account to its operating account. She depleted the trust account from $194,439.23 to $178. 

“Defendant then wrote herself numerous, unauthorized, forged checks from the operating account from the later part of 2009 to December 2016,” officials wrote in the release. “To conceal her activity, Defendant wrote various false statements on checks’ memo line, such as “social security offset,” “additional payroll,” or “cleaning supplies.'” 

Sanders pleaded guilty to the fraud charge in March 2018 and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. She was also ordered to owe $420,306.69 in restitution in total. She was ordered to begin her prison term no later than May 31, 2019.

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