Richmond Woman Accused of Stealing from Church

WRIC [Richmond VA]
February 5, 2007

A Richmond church secretary is facing embezzlement charges after police say church officials videotaped her stealing church donations.

Sixty-year-old Bernadine Brown is charged with felony embezzlement in connection with the thefts at Saint Peter Catholic Church.

Stephanie Cimillo is the parish bookkeeper. She says she became suspicious when there was nothing but one-dollar and five-dollar bills in the collection plates.

She says she set up a hidden video camera in the church office to figure out where all the big bills were going. That's when she tells police she caught Brown stuffing money into her purse.

Brown will go before a judge in March.

It's the second embezzlement case in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond recently.

Louisa County Catholic priest Rodney Rodis is accused of stealing as much as a (m) million dollars.


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