Ex-worker accused of taking $24,596 from S'ville church

2014-06-05T18:18:00Z 2014-06-05T22:10:52Z Ex-worker accused of taking $24,596 from S'ville churchTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 05, 2014 6:18 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The former financial secretary for Immanuel Presbyterian Church was charged Wednesday with pocketing more than $24,000 from church funds, according to court records.

Tracy L. Lessner, 29, of Schererville, faces two counts of fraud on a financial institution and theft.  A warrant was issued Wednesday for Lessner's arrest. 

Church officials told Schererville police that they discovered checks totaling $24,596.14 intended for the church were cashed into Lessner's personal bank account using a phone app, according to an affidavit. The checks were cashed between April and December 2013. 

A governing group for the church met with Lessner who told church members she took the money for a family vacation to Wisconsin Dells, according to the affidavit. Lessner was fired from her position after the meeting. 

Elvia Malagon, Times Staff

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