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James Lee Moody accused of stealing from church

Published On: Sep 17 2013 05:21:36 PM EDT
James Leep Moody, church bookkeeper, arrested

James Lee Moody of Philadelphia was arrested Tuesday for stealing more than $156,000 from Victory Fellowship Church  in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.

Moody was employed as a bookkeeper at the church from May 2011 through May 2013.  He was paid $18 an hour to manage finances at the church, located at 2650 Audubon Road.

Law enforcement officials explain the suspect secretly directed the church's payroll company to make regularly scheduled deposits into his personal credit union accounts as compensation, even though he already had been paid directly by the church for the same work.


He received 50 such unauthorized deposits, totalling $156,041.75.

His arrest was announced by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Lower Providence Police Chief Bud Carroll.

They reported Moody committed theft by failure to make required deposition of funds, theft by deception, unlawful use of computer and related offenses.

Moody also is charged with multiple counts of identity theft. When hired, he used another person's Social Security number, birth date, and driver's license number -- all to impede the background investigation before he was hired by the church.

He is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting $250,000 cash bail.

Moody resides at 3501 Woodhaven Road in Philadelphia.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Sept. 25 before Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar in Collegeville.