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Hatfield Woman Allegedly Stole $81,453 From Church in Role as Treasurer: D.A.

Between July 2012 and June 2013, Stephanie Kligge allegedly used the money for her own personal use, leaving $36.11 in the account of Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, according to District Attorney Risa Ferman.

Stephanie Kligge, of Hatfield, charged with stealing more than $81,000 from a local church.
Stephanie Kligge, of Hatfield, charged with stealing more than $81,000 from a local church.

A Hatfield Township woman has been arrested and charged with allegedly stealing $81,453.20 from the coffers of Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church during her role as treasurer of the board.

Stephanie Kligge is charged with multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property and misapplication of entrusted property, announced Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman. 

Kligge was treasurer from July 2012 through June 30, 2013. 

Ferman said Kligge, as treasurer, allegedly made 64 bank withdrawals from the church's account totaling $61,453.20 for her own personal use and without authorization, police said.

Kligge then allegedly stole $20,000 from the church's bank account to buy gift cards that she kept for her own personal use rather than provide them to the church's fundraising program, Ferman said.

In order to conceal her alleged crimes, Kligge allegedly provided the church with false monthly treasurer reports that showed balances of more than $100,000, Ferman said. In reality, Kligge allegedly drained the account, leaving $36.11.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo.

The defendant was arrested Thursday morning and arraigned by District Judge Kenneth E. Deatelhauser, who set bail at $25,000 cash, Ferman said. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Deatelhauser on December 24 at 9 a.m.

Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church is located at 100 S. Main St. in Hatfield Borough.

DELIAH ONE December 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Greedy girl gonna get hers....... Shame on you!
Lansdaleblogger December 12, 2013 at 01:09 PM
What! There was no checks and balances there? No one checking up ... Hum... That's a loooottt of dough lol
Raymond A Hopkins December 12, 2013 at 03:42 PM
This is so sad...I knew things were not going well for her health wise the past few years, but hard to believe this happened and I feel even worse for Emmanuel for anyone to steal from them.
Raymond A Hopkins December 12, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Actually i applaud you, the reporter has her preliminary trial for Christmas day. So at least we know they did not copy this exactly word for word.
angel December 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM
people steal more n more in this economy.....its ashame! nobody won here.....when are things gonna turn around????
Leroy Howard December 13, 2013 at 05:42 AM
This economy had nothing to do with it. She WANTED stuff she couldn't afford so she violated the trust given her instead of either working for what she wanted or doing without.
Timetocleanup January 06, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Scum
DELIAH ONE January 06, 2014 at 07:26 PM
I saw her out shopping twice....... wonder where she stole that money from......maybe a children s charity. Definite scum.
The Truth January 07, 2014 at 08:15 AM
@ Deliah haha maybe she was shopping for skin-tab remover?
DELIAH ONE January 07, 2014 at 08:48 AM
HAHAHAHAHA!!! a paper bag over her head would help!!

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