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Stephanie Kligge accused of stealing $81K from church's accounts

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Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:50:18 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 13 2013 05:40:57 AM CST

Woman charged with stealing from church

HATFIELD, Pa. -

A church treasurer is accused of stealing more than $81,000 from the church's account for her own personal use.

Stephanie Kligge was treasurer of the board at Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, 100 S. Main St. in Hatfield, Montgomery Co., when police said she helped herself to thousands of dollars from July 2012 through June 2013.

As her role as treasurer, Kligge made 64 withdrawals from the church's account, totaling $61,453, for her own personal use and without authorization, District Attorney Risa Ferman said.

She also stole $20,000 from the church's bank account to buy gift cards she kept for personal use instead of for the church's fundraising program, Ferman said.

To conceal her activities, Ferman said Kligge provided Emmanuel with false monthly treasurer reports that showed a balance of more than $100,000, while in reality, Kligge drained the account.

Only $36.11 remained in the church's account, Ferman said.

Kligge was arrested Thursday on multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property and misapplication of entrusted property. Bail was set at $25,000 cash.

A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 24 at 9 a.m.