Church bookkeeper who stole thousands pleads guilty

Deborah Collinsworth pleaded guilty of stealing money from two churches. / Erie County jail

This isn't your average collection basket theft: A Huron woman has pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to stealing tens of thousand of dollars from two churches.

The Sandusky Register reports 48-year-old Deborah Collinsworth stole money from bank accounts and tithe collections of Emmanuel United Church of Christ and First Faith Community Church while she worked as a part-time bookkeeper.

She was ordered to pay a collective $132,266 in restitution to the churches and faces six years in prison when she's sentenced in February.

Collinsworth was charged with aggravated theft, attempted tampering with evidence, grand theft and misuse of a credit card. In exchange for her plea, five other charges were dismissed.

Read more: Sandusky Register