- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) - A former bishop’s assistant has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the northwestern Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 64-year-old Mary Housholder, of Franklin. She declined comment Wednesday when reached at her dog-training business, Claddagh Glen, which allegedly benefited from some of the money she’s charged with stealing.

The (Oil City) Derrick (https://bit.ly/1fUZmiW ) reports Housholder was an assistant to Bishop Ralph Jones based in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, when the thefts occurred since 2009.

Troopers say Housholder stole $50,000 from the synod’s Mission Investment Fund by writing a check to her dog-training business.

Church officials say Housholder acknowledged that and said she was trying to pay it back. Other thefts emerged as the investigation continued.

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Information from: The Derrick, https://www.thederrick.com


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