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Woman steals almost 90k from church for gambling, gets 18-month sentence

Carmen Ramer Davis, a resident of Opp, Alabama has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing almost $90,000 from a Methodist church. This huge financial loss led to the closure of the Brooklyn Congregational Methodist Church where Davis worked as a secretary. According to the Department of Justice, Davis admitted to eight counts of wire fraud, following which she was sentenced to prison. Moreover, she is required to pay $89,440.32 in restitution to the church, which is the exact amount stolen by her. She will also be subject to a year of supervised release following her release from prison.

The Christian Post reports:

An Alabama woman was sentenced to prison for stealing nearly $90,000 from a congregation and gambling it away. The major financial loss eventually led to the church’s closure.

Carmen Ramer Davis, a 59-year-old resident of Opp, was sentenced last Thursday to 18 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Davis served as the secretary for Brooklyn Congregational Methodist Church in Coffee County from 2006 through 2019 when the church became aware of her criminal activities.

In addition to her prison sentence, Davis will also have to pay the church $89,440.32 in restitution, the exact amount she stole, and one year of supervised release after she’s released on probation.

“The crimes committed by Ms. Davis victimized an entire faith community,” said United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. “The harm will continue to be felt for quite some time. I am hopeful that the sentence imposed will deter others from engaging in such deceitful conduct.”

According to court records, as secretary, Davis had access to the church’s bank accounts and had the authority to pay for expenses and bills. She eventually obtained a debit card tied to the church’s bank account without the congregation being aware of it.

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