Financial Crime News 02/03/2023

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(January 31) Church Burglary Led To Arrest In Powell County | Powell, KY

The Powell County Sheriff’s Office said Powell County Dispatch received a report of a potential burglary from church staff. Staff told authorities an unknown man was seen through surveillance cameras inside the church.

Around 6:30 p.m. a deputy arrived and found 27-year-old Joshua Johnson, from Clay City, in the sanctuary with several items that belonged to the church and drug paraphernalia. Johnson was arrested and booked into the Powell County Detention Center.

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(January 31) Alleged Fraud Committed By Top Leaders At Layton Christian Academy | Layton, UT

Church leaders and teachers at Layton Christian Academy are in tears over an alleged “massive fraud” operation at their school possibly involving millions of dollars.

Turns out, the suspects are a family of top administrators the senior pastor considered to be dear friends and family.

Sr. Pastor Myke Crowder with the Christian Life Center Church, which runs the academy, sent a letter home to parents saying he had “no choice” but to fire Greg Miller, his wife Karen, their son Jared Miller and his wife Lexie.

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(January 31) Thieves Steal Silver-Plated Crucifix And Candlesticks From Suffolk Village Church

Burglars who broke into a Suffolk village church stole a silver-plated crucifix and silver-plated candlesticks. Suffolk Police say the burglary took place at the All Saints Church in Worlingham, near Beccles, at some point between 4pm and 6pm on Friday, January 20.

A bottle of port was also stolen during the break-in. The thieves also broke the lock to the vestry and damaged an outside toilet.

Two unknown males were seen hanging around the area of the church in Lowestoft Road. 

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(January 30) Woman, 58, Accused Of Tying Up And Beating Two Men Over Stolen Church Vehicle | North Charleston, SC

A woman was arrested Sunday morning after a witness reported seeing two people who were tied up and being beaten in North Charleston.

Officers with the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) responded to a location off Reynolds Avenue after a caller said they observed the assault of two people who appeared to be tied up.

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(January 29) N. Carolina Church Says It Lost Nearly $800K In Email Scam | Elkin, NC

Leaders of a northwestern North Carolina church say cybercriminals stole nearly $800,000 that the congregation spent years raising to build a new sanctuary that's supposed to be completed in a few months.

It happened in November when Elkin Valley Baptist Church received an email that mimicked another message from the sanctuary builder with payment instructions, news outlets reported.

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