Jury convicts ex-secretary of stealing

LIHUE Daria Bruce, longtime secretary of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo, was found guilty in Circuit Court of stealing money from two churches' donations. Full Story
coolbeanz

Norway, MI

#1 Aug 23, 2008
That's her defense? She was untrained as a bookkeeper? What a load of bull****! Where's the $85000.00? Sounds like she knew exactly what she was doing.
STEALING!
pocho

Aiea, HI

#2 Aug 23, 2008
Holy Moly,
just come clean already. God knows, he's forgiven
Bibidibabidiboo

Mililani, HI

#3 Aug 23, 2008
What gaul! Still denying it. She should fess up and cut a plea deal. She is trying to avoid jail time, and she might not get it if a lenient judge. The right thing to do is to recognize that what she did is illegal, i.e. stealing. Her lawyer said someone else must have done it. What a joke.
pemphigoid

United States

#4 Aug 23, 2008
what a dumb attorney. She is the president and secretary of the Pilipino club yet she is not well versed in bookkeeping. Nice try by the scumbag JD
Totally Disgusted

Honolulu, HI

#5 Aug 23, 2008
You have got to be kidding me! Hmmm. Stealing from the church? Oh sister you got some nerve. Shame on you! Don't play the ignorant card with us. No tears. It won't work. Not everyone is gullible.
RTKONA

Honolulu, HI

#6 Aug 23, 2008
Well, Feldhacker, she is the only one that handled the money. Then she wrote checks to herself. If she was too bonehead to take a deal, so be it. Stealing is bad, but from the church? Very low.
Mililani Girl

Pearl City, HI

#7 Aug 23, 2008
If she didn't do it, then where is the money. Evidence showed she transferred money between the accounts, if she has receipts for items that needed to be purchased for the club and church, then produce that and it might explain. I think she used the money for personal gain.
Hope she will ask God for forgiveness.
Albino Luciani

San Jose, CA

#8 Aug 23, 2008
www.bishop-accountability.org
/abusetracker for verified reporting the BILLIONS OF LAITY DOLLARS being ripped off, DAILY, by the Cardinals and Bishops of the Church.
huh

Waimanalo, HI

#9 Aug 23, 2008
I can't believe how dumb the Catholic Church is. You never let ONE PERSON handle donations. I can't see why the church has all kinds of problems. What the bookkeeper is wrong but what the Church did is just plain dumb and a disservice to the members of the church.
ladydi702

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Aug 23, 2008
Thou Shall not steal!!! Shame on you!!
Omama

Honolulu, HI

#11 Aug 23, 2008
Cash handling always need to follow proper chain of custody methods. Heck, I was even taught this in 5th grade at our school bake sale.
Fast Balls

Springfield, MA

#12 Aug 23, 2008
Let He who has NOT Sinned cast the first stone. K'den...

(now where'd i put dat big stone...)
ANONYMOUS

Kapaa, HI

#13 Aug 23, 2008


...and let the judges know too.
(yawn)
SAM

Washington, DC

#14 Aug 23, 2008
Mililani Girl wrote:
If she didn't do it, then where is the money. Evidence showed she transferred money between the accounts, if she has receipts for items that needed to be purchased for the club and church, then produce that and it might explain. I think she used the money for personal gain.
Hope she will ask God for forgiveness.
Hope they will get a reimbursment!

What do you mena forgivness- FORK IT OVER!
A former neighbor

Wahiawa, HI

#15 Aug 24, 2008
Yeah Yeah those who steal from any business is bound to be found out. Fess up and return the money. It didn't belong to you in the first place.If it's suppose to go to another account then it should be stated for that account. You watch she'll get off easy. Sick of hearing there innocent. They need to be punish for the crime.
No sympathy here. Sorry no can do.
klepto

Honolulu, HI

#16 Aug 24, 2008
A former neighbor wrote:
Yeah Yeah those who steal from any business is bound to be found out. Fess up and return the money. It didn't belong to you in the first place.If it's suppose to go to another account then it should be stated for that account. You watch she'll get off easy. Sick of hearing there innocent. They need to be punish for the crime.
No sympathy here. Sorry no can do.
Unfortunately not all employees that steal get caught! Some of these employees go from company to company and steal thousands of dollars and move on. I had a former employee who stole from me, I reported it to HPD and the detective said he was 99.9% positive that this person stole but we didn't have enough evidence. After she left my company, she went to work for a big local company that sold phones, internet etc and she had access to many personal records such as ssn, account numbers, DOB etc. Pretty scary. Major identity theft waiting to happen. I later found out the company she was working for prior to my company was a victim of her stealing. Hopefully one day she will get caught!

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