The Norman Transcript

May 14, 2013

Ex-church official charged with embezzlement

The Associated Press

STILLWATER — The former financial manager for First United Methodist Church in Stillwater has been charged with embezzling from the church.

Court records show 43-year-old Dana Sue Eckhart is charged with embezzling more than $141,000 from the church since 2009.

She has pleaded not guilty and is free on $50,000 bond.

An affidavit says church officials went to police in January with an audit showing that Eckhart had written unauthorized checks to herself, her husband and others from 2009 through 2012. Church officials also question more than 200 purchases Eckhart made using a church-issued credit card.

She’s due in court for preliminary hearing June 3.

— AP