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67 Year-Old Church Secretary Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing from Church

July 11, 2014

Contact Person: Jim May (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Sandra A Stroupe, age 67, of Clover, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a term of imprisonment of 24 months in federal prison.  Stroupe was the secretary/bookkeeper at the Clover ARP Church for over 38 years.  Beginning in at least 2006 and continuing until April of 2013 Stroupe embezzled over $600,000 of church money.  

Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced Stroupe and ordered that Stroupe pay restitution to her victim.

The case was investigated by agent Devon Mahoney of the FBI.  Assistant United States Attorney James (Jim) Hunter May of the Columbia Office prosecuted the case.

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