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Woman Pleads Guilty to Church Embezzlement

Posted June 18, 2007

— A Wake County woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $170,000 from the church where she worked.

Authorities said Anita Copeland paid more than $260,000 in restitution to Ridge Road Baptist Church, where she worked for nine years.

Copeland was arrested in February on charges of writing checks to herself using church money, authorities said.


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  • pianoplayer Jun 19, 2007

    Correction--how was she able to pay BACK $250K if she just bought a house...

  • pianoplayer Jun 19, 2007

    I have a question. If you look up her address on the real estate website for Wake County--it appears she bought a house recently. How was she able to do this and steal $260K? Amazing. I would think in order for "healing" to take place, she needs to realize she has a problem and seek help for it.

  • opinionatednc Jun 18, 2007

    Hey, if I hqad this happen to my family and I could keep my kid from doing hard time, I'd mortgage my house and pay the $267K off. My parents would have done the same for me. The lesson here is money can buy your way out of prison...

  • ladyblue Jun 18, 2007

    I have but one question If she could pay off quickly over $260,000 why did she need to smuggle $170,000. Think maybe she smuggled somewhere else and this is all smuggled money she's putting in her savings account. They should check all Raleigh banks for more loot.

  • opinionatednc Jun 18, 2007

    The $267,221 includes no interest - imagine an 10 year interest-free loan, and no jail time on top of it!

  • O Rly Jun 18, 2007

    That should say "and." I'm sorry for poor keyboarding.

  • O Rly Jun 18, 2007

    THE ETERNAL - Your caps lock button seems stuck. Learn some internet manners. This is a difficult day for the church and Mrs. Copeland, and the conversation is currently exploring that facet of the case at hand.

    Your blanket comments about churches stealing are uncalled for an inappropriate to the thread.

    ...and strive for subject/verb agreement.

  • THE ETERNAL Jun 18, 2007


  • Candy Girl Jun 18, 2007

    Her REAL punishment will be on Judgement Day!

  • mramorak Jun 18, 2007

    Umm im wondering where she got the 260,000?