September 19 - 1996: Lutheran church treasurer robs his church to visit Cape Cod

Thefts alleged to cover $100,000 credit card expenses, finance his sons' college educations at Yale University and Boston College
Lutheran treasurer steals $800,000 from the church

1996: Rash of church thefts include one to finance trips to Cape Cod

On this day in 1996, a Lutheran treasurer in Cheshire, Connecticut was accused of  stealing from his church to finance a lifestyle that included resort trips and vacation homes on Cape Cod and in Vermont.

The story in the New York Times began:

Lutheran treasurer in Connecticut accused of stealing from church

A former treasurer of the Lutheran Church's governing body in New England was arrested yesterday on charges that he embezzled $800,000 from the church to finance a life style that included resort trips and vacation homes on Cape Cod and in Vermont.

The authorities say that the former treasurer, George A. Patrick, 55, of Cheshire, Conn., also spent some of the money to cover $100,000 in credit card expenses and to finance his sons' college educations at Yale University and Boston College.

Mr. Patrick, a certified public accountant, was the church's treasurer for 13 years until he resigned in December, citing health problems. He was arraigned in Superior Court in Meriden, Conn., today and was released on $125,000 bond with electronic monitoring.

Read the entire story here.


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