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Plymouth fraud arrest: The Church of England Newspaper, November 18, 2011 p 5. November 19, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, Crime.

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

Devon & Cornwall police have arrested a former church worker at St Boniface Church, St Budeaux in Plymouth on suspicion of stealing over £10,000 from church coffers.

An unnamed 47-year old woman was taken into custody on 9 Nov 2011 following an investigation by detectives of the Asset Recovery Team.  A review by a forensic accountant engaged by the Diocese of Exeter found that cash had gone missing from the church’s accounts.  The diocese turned over the results of its investigation to the police, who began their inquiries.

The suspect was questioned by detectives at the Charles Cross Police Station and was released on bail until her 2 Feb 2012 hearing.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Exeter said: “We are doing all we can to support the church community while this police inquiry is underway.”

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