Woman convicted of stealing from Mobile church

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A 61-year-old bookkeeper has been convicted of stealing $55,000 from a Mobile-area church.

A jury convicted Evelyn Mace on Friday of theft and felony tax evasion for allegedly taking money from First Independent Methodist Church.

Defense attorney Joe Dennis told Al.com (http://bit.ly/1f0zQqZ ) that his client intended to file an appeal, though he would not elaborate on what grounds.

Assistant District Attorney Martha Tierney described the case a "betrayal" of trust.

Mace was hired as a bookkeeper. Authorities said that over three years she stole money to pay utility bills and to gamble at Gulf Coast casinos.

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Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/



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