A Crystal Lake man, who worked for a Woodstock church, has been sentenced to 66 days in jail for stealing over $20,000 from the church’s charity fund.
Christopher C. Trimpe, 61, of the 6000 block of Shenandoah Drive in Crystal Lake, was arrested on December 3, 2020, and charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000, which is a Class 2 felony.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office previously said they were contacted in January 2020 by the Diocese of Rockford.
The church reported there was a misappropriation of funds from a financial account managed by the Resurrection Catholic Church, located at 2918 Country Club Road in unincorporated Woodstock.
Detectives learned there were financial irregularities discovered within the parish’s outreach program account, which is used to assist the less fortunate, the sheriff’s office said.
A criminal investigation was launched and investigators identified Trimpe, the church’s business manager, as the suspect.
Trimpe had allegedly been using funds from the account for his own personal use since 2014, the sheriff’s office said.
Court documents show the theft amounted to $20,257.
On Thursday, Trimpe pleaded guilty to his charge, according to court records.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Trimpe to 66 days in jail and 24 months of probation. He will receive day-for-day credit.
Wilbrandt also ordered the man to pay restitution of $20,257 to the Resurrection Catholic Church.