A Rogersville woman arrested last December for stealing from a church has pleaded guilty to her crimes.
Shauna Haile pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing in Webster County Court.
Haile worked at Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene in Rogersville for 13 years and claimed that the thefts initially happened by accident, when she used the wrong debit card. When she realized she had gotten away with using the church’s card for personal use, she kept doing it.
Haile was at one time the church’s treasurer.
The church’s pastor told OI in December they had forgiven Haile but were going to let the legal process handle the situation.
“We want to see justice served whether that’s prison time or restitution or both due to the severity of the crime,” Pastor Doug Zimmerman told OI in December. “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.”
In addition to using the debit cards of the church for personal items including trips to Florida and Washington, D.C., Haile forged checks.
Haile is scheduled for a sentencing hearing before Judge David Tunnell on October 28. She could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison for her crime.