[Hpn] Trinity Church Volunteer Stole Over $100,000.00
Tue, 7 Jun 2005 10:31:31 -0400 (EDT)
this seems to be the poor assisting herself. why did the church not pay
for the work she did?
organized capitalist religion is the difficulty. and why give handouts to
criminally incompetant ex drug addicts and alcholics. isn't that a
theft of funds that could go to the children who need it and are shorted
by these greedy scofflaws? always asking for a state handout and crying
when the check is late? look in the mirror pious one.
ok, i'm advocate for the devil, but this calls for discussion. eat the
On 6/7/2005, "William Charles Tinker" <email@example.com> wrote:
>No wonder the poor can not get needed assistance, we got crooks in
>legislature and in the church and they walk away with a hand slap...Some
>thing is certainly wrong with our criminal justice system.
>June 7, 2005
>Church's treasurer is charged Police: Former volunteer stole more than
>By MELANIE ASMAR
>June 07. 2005
>TILTON - NH
>A Sanbornton woman has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from
>the Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street while she was treasurer there
>several years ago. She allegedly used the money to pay her bills.
>Christine Hersom, 40, of 754 Sanborn Road, was charged with theft by
>unauthorized taking, a felony, for writing checks from the church's bank
>account. Hersom was treasurer at the church, a volunteer position, from 1995
>to 2001, according to her attorney, John Boyle of Plymouth. During that
>time, the police allege that Hersom paid herself more than $13,500 in
>salary, in addition to other offenses.
>The police said that Hersom paid three personal credit card bills totaling
>about $1,050 with church money. She also allegedly used $325 of church money
>to pay for her son to take a school field trip to Washington, D.C. Hersom
>also wrote a check from the church bank account to buy herself a Kirby
>vacuum cleaner, the police said.
>The alleged embezzlement was brought to the attention of the Tilton police
>by a former pastor, the Rev. Martha Dwyner, in 2001, according to court
>papers. In 2003, Detective Robert Dupuis began reviewing documents that were
>supplied by the church. Hersom turned herself in to the police yesterday
>morning. She was arraigned in Franklin District Court and freed on $150,000
>personal recognizance bail.
>Hersom is no longer involved with the church, Boyle said. Mike Barwell,
>spokesman for the diocese, said he didn't know much about the case except
>that it had been under investigation for a long time. He also said Hersom's
>charges are not related to either of the recent controversies at the church,
>a statement confirmed by the police.
>In February, a former Trinity Episcopal Church volunteer and youth minister
>was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two 4-year-old girls and
>stealing nearly $4,000 from the church-run food pantry. Scott Nash, 45, of
>Northfield, is being held at the Merrimack County Jail on $1 million bail.
>And last month, the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church resigned after 14
>hours of discussion between herself and church officials, including Bishop
>Gene Robinson. The Rev. Janet Lombardo's inability to address issues
>involving authority, collaboration, commitment, dissemination of information
>and judgment led to her departure, according to church officials. She had
>led the church for seven years.
>(The Associated Press contributed to this story. Melanie Asmar can be
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