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Ex-Fort Bragg soldier pleads guilty to $47K check-writing scheme

Posted August 18

Istra Perez leaves the federal courthouse in Raleigh on Aug. 18, 2014, after pleading guilty to charges that she stole more than $47,000 from a church at Fort Bragg.

— A former Fort Bragg staff sergeant pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to stealing more than $47,000 in church offerings and tithing donations.

Investigators said Istra Perez worked as a chaplain's assistant on post in Fall 2012 when she wrote 65 checks, totaling $47,813, from the church's bank account.

Federal prosecutors say part of Perez's job was to write checks from the church fund to people on post. She would pay those people to cash the checks and give her money.

The crimes went on for several months until someone got suspicious.

Investigators say she did not act alone. Perez's boyfriend, Kendrick Page, is also expected to be indicted in the case.

Perez, who has been discharged from the Army, and Kendrick, who did not work on post, are now living in Illinois.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

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  • 678devilish Aug 18, 3:18 p.m.

    She should be ashamed of herself. She knew better and did it any way. I am so glad she was charged. But she should have to pay back every cent plus interest to this church. Churches today should absolutely give a back ground check on people who handles their money in the church. What can it hurt? Who do you trust these days?

  • dare107 Aug 18, 3:14 p.m.

    This world is going to hell in a hand basket.

    — Posted by grampasbaby

    It may appear that way, but the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data shows that is not the case.... View More

    — Posted by iopsyc

    the Uniform Crime Report is a forest! That report can and will be manipulated to say what you want it to say! Don't put a whole lot of credence in it.

  • Hill55 Aug 18, 3:09 p.m.

    stole from a church, send her to the nuns for a few years, they'll straighten her out.

  • Anita Woody Aug 18, 1:48 p.m.

    This world is going to hell in a hand basket.

    — Posted by grampasbaby

    No it's not. There's a lot more good things happening than bad. We just have a 24 hour news cycle now so you get to hear more about it than 20 years ago when they had to pick out the 4 stories to tell us in the 30 minute newscast.

  • djofraleigh Aug 18, 1:34 p.m.

    Stealing from church donations is not a crime I'd want to admit to, or do. She doesn't look too ashamed in the pix.

  • knbrown13 Aug 18, 1:30 p.m.

    How sad to not only steal but to do it from a religious organization.

  • scubagirl2 Aug 18, 1:30 p.m.

    hope it was a dishonorable discharge....

  • scg Aug 18, 1:23 p.m.

    Quite pathetic really...

  • iopsyc Aug 18, 12:50 p.m.

    This world is going to hell in a hand basket.

    — Posted by grampasbaby

    It may appear that way, but the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data shows that is not the case. Crimes of all kinds have been dropping for many years now.

  • grampasbaby Aug 18, 12:06 p.m.

    This world is going to hell in a hand basket.