A former church secretary has been arrested, accused of taking more than $13,000 from the church.
Veronica Quiroz is a single mother who, for a few years, was the accountant for the Aloma Methodist Church. On Monday, she was arrested after Orange County detectives said she took thousands from the church accounts to pay her bills.
"Our church leaders have known about this, but we have not been able to speak about it, at the request of the police," said "We want them to know their gifts are safe with us."
Quiroz was not working at the church when the discrepancies were discovered. A police report indicates that the theft actually happened in 2010, but it was recently discovered when the new church accountant conducted an audit.
When the money just didn't seem to add up, the church pastor said a closer look revealed that Quiroz allegedly made 16 electronic transfers from the church's Wells Fargo account for more than $8,000, then made 27 purchases with the church's credit card.
"We got most of it back, and there is just a little bit left we hope to recover," said.
Detectives questioned Quiroz. According to the arrest report, she admitted to taking $10,000 to pay Progress Energy, AT&T and Bright House Networks.