Woman arrested for stealing from Port Charlotte church
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Deep Creek woman faces serious charges for stealing from a Port Charlotte Church for almost a two year period.
Charlotte County detectives say 51-year-old Karen Dougherty stole $36,454 from Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Dougherty was arrested Monday after the pastor contacted CCSO to report he discovered Dougherty had stolen church money. She handled the church financial matters as a board member and was fired.
The pastor said he confronted Dougherty and she confessed to taking the money and would pay it back. Detectives reviewed copies of checks from the church’s bank; they found 65 difference checks were cashed by Dougherty between November 18, 2010 and September 21, 2012.
CCSO Detectives obtained surveillance video from two banks that showed Dougherty cashing the forged checks. Following their investigation and developing probable cause, detectives located Dougherty. She refused to comment and wanted an attorney.
Dougherty is charged with grand theft, scheming to defraud and uttering forged checks. Her bond was set at $163,500.