Former school board president pleads guilty to stealing from church
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:41:33 GMT —
The former Syracuse school board president who had a warrant sworn out for her arrest earlier this week turned herself in Wednesday.
Kim Rohadfox-Ceaser was not scheduled to be in court, but appeared Wednesday morning in order to turn herself in and enter a plea. She pleaded guilty to one count of fourth degree grand larceny, which is defined as theft of any amount over $1,000.
Rohadfox-Ceaser is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church in Syracuse over a nearly six year period.
The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office says the amount she stole was just under $3,000, gained from purchases she charged to the church's credit cards. The $10,000 figure previously reported included interest and penalties on the amount stolen.
Under a plea arrangement she will receive five years of probation, and will have to make restitution. She will be officially sentenced on April 20.
Previous coverage from February 7:
A former Syracuse city school board president accused of stealing from a church is now a wanted woman after no-showing a court appearance Monday morning.
Kimberly Rohadfox-Ceaser is accused of cheating a church where she used to work out of thousands of dollars. Last week, a grand jury found there is enough evidence to move forward with a case against her on charges of felony fourth degree grand larceny and first degree forging business records.
Prosecutors allege she stole at least $10,000 from the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church on Oakwood Avenue in Syracuse by faking invoices from office supply stores. The thefts are alleged to have taken place between April of 2004 and January of 2009.
Rohadfox-Ceaser did not appear for her arraignment Monday morning. Her attorney, Peter Hakes, told reporters that he has not heard from her and does not know of her whereabouts. Onondaga County Court Judge William Walsh has issued a bench warrant for her arrest.
Rohadfox-Ceasar was president of the Syracuse board of education in 2009.