Former employee charged with stealing $166K from NC church

Treva J. Jones (Courtesy, Watauga County Sheriff's Office)

Treva J. Jones (Courtesy, Watauga County Sheriff's Office)

BOONE, N.C. — Authorities say a Boone woman has been charged on two separate occasions with embezzling from a church where she was formerly employed.

According to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, 44-year-old Treva J. Jones is accused of stealing a total of about $166,000 from the Deerfield United Methodist Church.

Deputies say they first incident was reported on Nov. 21, 2011.  The report alleged an employee had misappropriated about $118,000 in church funds over a period of about three years.

Jones was arrested on Dec. 22, 2011 following an investigation by the sheriff’s office.  Deputies said she was charged with a single count of felony embezzlement and jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

The initial case is still pending in Watauga County Superior Court, deputies said.

On Jan. 3, 2013, deputies say they received a report that an additional $48,000 in church funds had been misused.

Another investigation began and Jones was arrested for a second time as a result.  She was charged on Monday with six counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense, six counts of felony forgery and six counts of felony uttering a forged instrument.

The suspect received a $25,000 secured bond.  She has another court date slated for March 26.

No other details were provided.

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