Church employee accused of stealing more than $177,000

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2013)– An office manager at Pleasant View Lutheran Church has been arrested after using church credit cards to make personal purchases.

The Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced today that Stephanie Hicks has been charged with theft, a class “C” felony, and two counts of forgery, a class “C” felony,  for the unauthorized, personal use of a credit card and checking account while working as the office manager for the church.

Hicks is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from the church between January 1, 2011, and May 31, 2013.

She had been employed with the church since 2000.

Hicks is suspected of making approximately $48,000 in unauthorized purchases on the church’s business credit card and then paying the credit card balances using the business checking account.

She allegedly made approximately $129,000 in unauthorized cash transfers from the church’s business account to her personal account, in addition to her payroll deposits.

Hicks is also suspected of forging the signature of the church’s treasurer on two checks used to pay against the credit card account in 2012.

Hicks was arrested Tuesday and the case is expected to be scheduled for an initial hearing later this week.

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