Former Employee Of The Scottsville Baptist Church Charged With Embezzling More Than $270,000 To Pay For Personal Expenses

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. announced the recent charge by Information of an Allen County, Kentucky woman with three counts of wire fraud for embezzling more than $270,000 from her former employer, the Scottsville Baptist Church.

According to the charges, Patricia Barlow, age 49, was a secretary at the Scottsville Baptist Church (SBC), located at 301 East Main Street, in Scottsville, Kentucky, and on numerous occasions made unauthorized wire transfers to pay for personal expenses using SBC funds. The alleged scheme to defraud SBC occurred between January 7, 2011 and January 18, 2015. Three of the alleged wire transfers were made on January 1, 2007, in the amount of $512.29; January 14, 2011, in the amount of  $1,400; and a wire transfer of $425.00 on January 28, 2015.

If convicted at trial, Barlow could be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison, fined $250,000, ordered to serve a three year period of supervised release and a payment of restitution.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and Scottsville (Kentucky) Police Department.


The charge of a person by an Information is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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