Church Volunteer Allegedly Stole Half a Million Dollars

Taisha Smith-DeJoseph allegedly used embezzled money to pay for her wedding
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2020 2:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Weddings aren't cheap—unless someone else is footing the bill. New Jersey authorities allege that very arrangement played out in the case of Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, who they say embezzled $561,777 from the church whose finances she oversaw as a volunteer, per a press release. The 43-year-old has been charged with 13 crimes in connection with her alleged activities at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Florence, reports NJ.com.

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The church itself reached out to the Financial Crimes Unit of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office after fearing money was missing. The probe uncovered bank accounts that Smith-DeJoseph opened that were ostensibly for the church but were allegedly used instead by Smith-DeJoseph to pay for her wedding, rent, car loan, credit card, and other bills over a 5-year period that ended in March 2019, reports WPVI. (Read more embezzlement stories.)

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