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Woman who stole from churches sentenced to jail

Jessica Cuffman • Feb 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) A Huron woman who stole more than $140,000 from two Sandusky churches was sentenced to four years in prison today.

Deborah Collinsworth, 48, was taken to the Erie County Jail after the hearing. She will be eligible to apply for judicial release after serving six months in prison.

Whenever she is released, Collinsworth will be required to pay full restitution to both churches. Ten church members attended the sentencing hearing.

Collinsworth was a part-time bookkeeper at both Emmanuel United Church of Chris, 344 Columbus Ave., and First Faith Community Church, 225 Jefferson St.

When church board members found discrepancies in bank statements in March last year, they reported her to police.

Collinsworth and her family also face lawsuits filed by both churches, seeking restitution for the stolen funds as well as punitive damages.

For more on what Collinsworth had to say at the hearing, pick up Friday's edition of the Sandusky Register.

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