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Former Treasurer accused of embezzling $230,000 from Village Seventh-Day Adventist School in Michigan.
Sarah Kurtz, 50, has been charged with stealing nearly $230,000 while serving as secretary/treasurer at a Village Seventh-Day Adventist School. Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic said Kurtz is alleged to have taken the money between 2011 and 2018 while working for the Village Seventh-Day Adventist School. Last November a letter from Village Seventh-Day Adventist Church and School officials to church and school families stated that the school had been “defrauded approximately $229,000.” Kurtz allegedly embezzled money by means of automatic bill payments, use of the school’s debit card for personal purchases, fund transfers to a personal account, and by cash payments. The church pastor and school principal said that through restitution or insurance, the school will recover the lost funds. The officials said further that stricter internal controls and tighter systems of accountability have been implemented, and that the school’s budget is on solid ground. Kurtz was arraigned Thursday before Berrien County Trial Court Judge Charles LaSata on a charge of embezzling $100,000 or more, a 20-year felony.