Former employee charged with stealing $166K from NC church
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.