Church financial secretary, 43, is charged after ’embezzling more than half a MILLION dollars to pay for her car, credit cards and wedding’
- Taisha Smith-DeJoseph siphoned funds from St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Florence
- The 43-year-old allegedly took $561,777 to pay for TV and her wedding venue
- Pastor Fred Jackson said his Christian trust had been ‘misplaced’
- DeJoseph, of Willingboro, is believed to have started her offending in 2014
Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, 43, is accused of siphoning funds from St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Florence, New Jersey, since 2014
A church financial secretary has been charged with embezzling more than half a million dollars to pay for her car, TV and even her wedding.
Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, 43, is accused of siphoning funds from St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Florence, New Jersey, since 2014.
Investigators allege that Smith-DeJoseph opened bank accounts on behalf of the church and used them for personal gain. She is further alleged to have issued checks to herself from the church and falsified monthly statements to conceal the theft.
Investigators claim she embezzled $561,777 which was used on car loan payments, credit cards, satellite TV, cell phone bills, hundreds of online purchases and even her wedding venue in Burlington County, NJ.com reported.
In addition, Smith-DeJoseph filed a fraudulent tax return in 2017 and did not file on at all from 2014 to 2016 and then failed to do so again in 2018.
Pastor Fred Jackson told ABC, ‘Most of the church knows about what was going on. Thankfully the contributions have not decreased.’
Pastor Fred Jackson said, ‘Most of the church knows about what was going on. Thankfully the contributions have not decreased’ (pictured: the church in Florence)
Trustees of St Paul’s have said they will move on from the incident and the pastor said new systems have been put in place.
He added: ‘Trust. Trust. That’s all I can say. We as Christians like to believe we’re trusting and we put our trust in other people and in God and sometimes that trust is misplaced.’
Smith-Dejoseph, of Willingboro, has been charged with 13 offences including theft by deception and computer criminal activity.