Woman accused of embezzling from Okla. church

WATONGA, Okla. (AP) - Blaine County prosecutors have accused a
former church treasurer of taking more than $176,000 from an Okeene
church.

Forty-eight-year-old Okeene resident Christine Mae Lorenz has been charged with two counts of embezzlement by employee. Lorenz posted a $2,000 cash bond and faces an Aug. 13 court appearance.

Authorities allege Lorenz took $127,748 between Feb. 1, 2005, and May 19, 2009, from one of the First Baptist Church of Okeene accounts, and $48,895 from another account during roughly the same
period. Lorenz's attorney, listed in court records as Matthew R. Oppel,
wasn't immediately available for comment Wednesday.


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