Woman Embezzles From OES Chapter

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  1. A southwest Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $290,000 from her Order of the Eastern Star chapter.

    From the WLFI Channel 8 website today:

    The Evansville Courier & Press reports 37-year-old Susan Hilgeman pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of forgery and conspiracy to commit theft. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 24, when she could receive up to 11 years in prison for the combined charges.

    Hilgeman's mother, 80-year-old Marilee Garrison, is also charged with conspiracy to commit theft in the case and faces a July trial. Both Susan and her mother were officers in Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic women's organization.

    Indiana State Police arrested the women last April after a yearlong investigation prompted by other officers in the chapter who contacted police.



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  2. sands67

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    This is why there should always be checks and balances in any organization and audits should be more than just a rubber stamp even in a masonic lodge.
     
  3. KSigMason

    KSigMason Traveling Templar Site Benefactor

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    That is crazy to hear. Chapters should have a 3rd party (ie financial review committee) overlook the books from time to time.


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  4. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Exactly!
     
  5. dstivers120

    dstivers120 Registered User

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    Unbelieveable!!!!!
     

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