Ex-Fort Bragg soldier pleads guilty to $47K check-writing scheme
Posted August 18, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.