What Did This Texas Woman Do With the $660,000 Stolen From Her Church?
Lavelle Wilson served the New Creation Christian Fellowship in Windcrest, Texas near San Antonio for 30 years. Now she's facing seven years in prison after stealing more than $660,000 from the church.
Wilson has admitted to stealing the money over a five year period - a total of $667,542 to fund a pretty lavish lifestyle. Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales says Wilson took the money to pay for "a trip to Hawaii, shopping sprees at local malls, dining at upscale restaurants, fast food, personal loan payments and personal cell phone payments".
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Wilson is being held at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division after pleading guilty to theft and misapplication of fiduciary property.
Taking From the Collection Plate
Access to the money was easy. Wilson was in charge of two bank accounts for the church and had been stealing the money since 2014.
The pastors of the church said, “The church deals with sin, immorality and redemption, the law deals with crime.”
The website for The New Creation Christian Fellowship shared this on Wednesday:
"As Christian ministries, we stand by our principles of honesty, integrity, and compliance with the law. We take our responsibility to prudently manage resources seriously. This situation has not impacted the safety or soundness of New Creation Christian Fellowship's financial status. ... The church deals with sin, immorality and redemption. The law deals with crime. There are some matters that are out of the control of the church. Unfortunately, this is one. As challenging and grievous as this has been for everyone involved, we have been encouraged by the continuing faithfulness of God and the members and partners of this ministry. We do not relish this and we find no joy in it. We encourage everyone to be prayerful and sensitive to all concerned."
God is a very forgiving being. It's what we are all taught while growing up and going to Sunday School. But the Bexar County District Attorney might be a little less forgiving.