Embezzlement happens much too often within Church settings. It often goes unnoticed for months or years, and when it is discovered the amount of the loss is usually astronomical. All anyone needs to do to discover the frequency of this type of activity is to type “Church Embezzlement” into the search bar of the computer. Headings such as:
- Woman pleads guilty to embezzling from the Church
- Church Treasurer’s Husband arraigned on embezzlement charges
- Church bookkeeper gets 3 years for embezzlement
The above are only a few of the thousands that are listed.
According to one source, Church embezzlement and Church crime is estimated to be $100 million per day. Many scholars believe Church fraud will reach $60 billion by 2025. If that isn’t staggering enough, we are told that about 80 percent of all cases of Church fraud are unreported.