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Posted: Saturday, 20 April 2013 10:17AM

St. Bernard church secretary charged with felony theft

A longtime secretary at Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Violet has been booked on a felony theft charge by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

39-year-old Trinette Johnson of Violet is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the church since 2006, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Johnson served as both secretary and account executive for the church. She surrendered to authorities Friday at the parish jail after a judge signed a warrant for her arrest on a felony theft charge.

An investigation was launched by the sheriff's office in response to a letter signed by 33 members of the church, saying church officials wanted to pursue criminal charges because funds were missing.
Johnson is expected to be released on bond set at $10,000.

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