A 46-year-old former bookkeeper for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garrett has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the embezzlement of church funds.
Beth Boger of Garrett pleaded guilty Thursday to all 10 counts of the indictment issued last year by a U.S. District Court grand jury.
For nearly five years, according to court documents, Boger used the churchs funds to support her own lifestyle, taking more than $364,000 for herself from June 2004 to April 2009.
The indictment included charges ranging from wire fraud to tax evasion. As part of her guilty plea, Boger agreed to repay $364,436 for her conduct, and then an additional $50,385 in taxes due, according to court documents.
According to the federal indictment, Boger owned a business called Accents by Beth.
Beginning June 3, 2004, Boger wrote checks to her business, drawn on the checking account of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garrett.
She would then deposit that check into her business account and, a few days later, transfer the money into her personal checking account, according to court documents.
That money would then be used to support her household and lifestyle, though court documents offer no specific examples.
But the church never knew the checks went to Accents by Beth, according to court documents.
Instead, Boger would show in the churchs books that the money paid expenses for the St. Martins Clinic, a local non-profit.
And then, when the cleared checks were returned from the bank to the church, Boger would alter the payee from Accents by Beth to a vendor used by the church, according to court documents.
She will be sentenced at a later date.