Texas church scammed by bookkeeper out of $1M

A bookkeeper in Texas has been detained by authorities for allegedly duping a church she was working for out of $1 million and using the money to purchase dogs, property, jewelry, and other personal items.

(REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo)U.S. dollar notes are seen in this November 7, 2016 picture illustration.

Rosina K. Blanco, 38, was hired by the priest of Basilian Father's Mission as a bookkeeper in the summer of 2015. Last week, she appeared in court and was charged with eight counts of wire fraud after the church noticed irregularities in its funds in 2016, 8 News detailed.

"We saw evidence of all kinds of personal expenses," Atty. Steve Williard said. "In fact, I recall one where, I think, she bought four German Shepherds."

According to prosecutors, Blanco had allegedly funneled church money into her personal accounts and used charitable donations to purchase jewelry, Louis Vuitton bags, and even property. Williard said the bookkeeper forged the Father's signature on the transactions.

As of now, the priest is torn between forgiving Blanco and allowing justice to take over. Nevertheless, Williard said the priest knows that the bookkeeper took money from people who really needed it.

Meanwhile, The Sun reported that Randy vicar Andrew Sloane took money from his church's collection and convinced three female parishioners in Knightsbridge, West London to grant him secret emergency loans. The church called for an urgent meeting after finding out that £3,954.68 was missing from its funds.

Upon viewing surveillance videos, church officials found out that Sloane had stolen the money from a safe. The vicar was arrested. On July 4, he pleaded guilty before the Westminster magistrates' court.

According to prosecutor Miss Katie Bryan, Sloane was using the money to live a lavish lifestyle and to pay for rent boys. The vicar, who previously served at a parish in Washington, USA, reportedly asked a female parishioner to transfer £2,500 to his account and emailed another to ask for £8,000 for his tax bill in the U.S.