A Rogersville woman has been accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene.
Shauna Haile is facing charges of felony stealing and forgery, facing a possible 5 to 15 years in prison if she’s convicted on all charges.
Court documents say that Haile was using a church debit card for personal transactions including during trips to Florida and Washington, D.C.
Haile told investigators that she had a personal debit card with the same pin number as the church card and the first time she used the church card for a personal transaction is was an accident. She claimed she planned to pay the church back for the transaction but when no one said anything to her she didn’t do it.
Harvest Community Church pastor Doug Zimmerman provided police with a ledger of church transactions through April of this year and according to court documents said that the transactions from Ms. Haile’s debit card were all fraudulent.
Pastor Zimmerman also showed checks to police that he said were forged by Ms. Haile. An example were checks written for 55 dollars that had a “1” placed in front of the 55 before being cashed to make it appear she was being paid $155.
“We want to see justice served whether that’s prison time or restitution or both due to the severity of the crime,” Pastor Zimmerman told OI. “We hold no animosity toward Shauna and have forgiven her but at the same time she needs to pay for her crimes. There’s a lot of hurt people here. She’s one of those individuals you trusted and turned it against us.”