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Former church bookkeeper sentenced for stealing $129,000

March 25, 2011 |  8:44 am

60387729 A former bookkeeper of a Tustin church will spend 32 months in prison for stealing more than $129,000 from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Elyse Marie Kennedy, 37, of Santa Ana, wrote 154 checks to herself from church accounts beginning in January 2007, prosecutors said.

In January 2009, she took off with the church’s financial records.

Church officials contacted their bank -- and then the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which investigated the case.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to two felony forgery charges and was sentenced Thursday in Orange County Superior Court. She faces a financial restitution hearing in June.

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Photo: Elyse Marie Kennedy's booking photo. Courtest of: KTLA-TV and the Orange County district attorney's office

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