No Win Here: St. Augustine Embezzler of $200K Sentenced to Jail
The following story by Craig Kelly originally appeared Oct. 24 in the Lima News.
WAPAKONETA — “There’s just no win here.”
Those words from Judge Frederick Pepple epitomized the somber atmosphere Friday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court during the sentencing hearing for Jane Boeke, 54, who pleaded guilty in September to two felony theft charges related to funds she stole from St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster from 2000 to 2013.
Faced with the potential of up to three years in prison, Boeke was instead sentenced to a total of 360 days in Auglaize County Jail, 180 days per count, after prolonged consideration by Pepple. She also previously agreed to pay $190,000 in restitution to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Investigative costs brought the total restitution up to almost $210,000.
Boeke, formerly the director of education at St. Augustine, used two church credit cards, a VISA and a Sam’s Club card, to make personal purchases. She had been issued the cards by the church with the stipulation that they only be used for parish-related expenses. Charlotte Carpenter, director of benefits and risk management for the archdiocese, made a victim statement on behalf of the church.
“I just wanted to be here in person to indicate the violation of trust felt by the members and congregation of St. Augustine,” she said…
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