A 70-year-old woman convicted of embezzling almost $59,000 from a Des Moines church was arrested Monday for operating while intoxicated, jail records show.
Carol Jean Padgett, 70, of Altoona was booked into the Polk County Jail at about 6:20 p.m. and charged withÂ first-offense operating while intoxicated, jail records show. She was also being held in jail for a suspected probation violation.
Further information about Padgett’s arrest was not immediately available Monday night.
Earlier this year, Padgett pleaded guilty toÂ second-degree theft and credit card fraud in connection with the theft of nearly $59,000 fromÂ Unity Lutheran Church in Des Moines, where she had volunteered as treasurer for many years.
In May, Padgett was court-ordered to pay back the church for the money she stole. She was also sentenced toÂ 80 hours of community service andÂ two years of probation, with a suspended prison sentence of five years for each of herÂ two charges.
After her OWI arrest Monday, it appears Padgett is accused of violating this probation.
At Padgett’s May sentencing for the church embezzlement, she apologized to Unity Lutheran Church, calling her own actions “deplorable.”
Padgett had led church leaders to believe they may have to close the church because of financial problems. As treasurer, she was the only person to handle the church’s finances, but after months of financial woes, church leaders grew suspicious and eventually examined the bank statements themselves.
They found that Padgett had made ATM withdrawals without the church council’s approval. Padgett had also written checks to herself without approval.
The Rev.Â Donna JosephÂ of Unity Lutheran, who described the church’s financial struggles at the May court hearing,Â claimed that Padgett used the stolen money to buy herself a new car, an expensive vacuum, food at restaurants and other items.
The pastor invoked her faith in her…