Diboll woman accused of stealing $2K from church

Diboll woman accused of stealing $2K from church

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Diboll woman is being accused of stealing over $2,000 from the New Zion Baptist Church in Lufkin.

Magdalene Dejesus, 22, is being charged with forgery. Dejesus was arrested on June 9 and has since posted bail.

According to the arrest affidavit, On September 8, 2015 a member for the New Zion Baptist Church reported to Lufkin Police that her vehicle had been broken into. The report stated that the member told officers that when she came back to her parked car, the front side window was busted out and she realized that a checkbook that she had from the church was missing out of the center console.

The affidavit continues that First Bank and Trust was contacted to cancel all the checks from the book, but told the member that one of the checks in the amount of $2,070 had already been cashed. After an investigation, Dejesus was contacted by authorities and in a recorded interview admitted to cashing the stolen check.

The report said Dejesus wrote a statement that she cashed the check that was given to her by another individual. Dejesus said the individual drove her to the bank and had her cash the check because they did not have identification she could use. The report claims Dejesus said she would receive a new pair of shoes after the check was cashed. Dejesus also told police that the cash was supposed to be split between the person that took her to the bank and her brother. The affidavit concludes that Dejesus had knowledge of the check being stolen but did not know that a vehicle had been broken into.

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