Va. woman pleads guilty to embezzling from church

Photo credit: Collierstown Presbyterian Church
Photo credit: Collierstown Presbyterian Church

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Lexington woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a church in Rockbridge County.

Fifty-six-year-old Marilyn J. Dudley was accused of embezzling from the Collierstown Presbyterian Church from July 2002 through January of this year. Police say Dudley was in charge of the church’s memorial fund and the Presbyterian women’s account.

The Roanoke Times reports that Dudley pleaded guilty to two dozen embezzlement counts on Tuesday in Rockbridge County Circuit Court.

Rockbridge County sheriff’s Deputy Tony McFadden testified that he calculated about $157,000 was taken from the church. He says church officials believe the amount is about $167,000.

Dudley’s attorney, David Natkin, said the amount of missing money is still being tallied. He says she has paid $20,000 in restitution.

Dudley is expected to be sentenced in December.

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