Jewish temple worker accused of pocketing temple donations - KCTV5

Jewish temple worker accused of pocketing congregation's donations

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A B'nail Jedudah Temple front office employee is accusing of stealing money intended for the congregation.

James Doyle is charged with felony theft and a computer-related crime.

Members of the temple at 123rd Street and Nall Avenue told authorities that they realized money they had given to the temple was unaccounted for.

Police said they later determined that Doyle stole nearly $5,500 from 14 people including congregation members and the temple itself. Authorities say Doyle set up a PayPal account so that temple leaders could receive donations or use it to pay for services.

"It appears this is something he set up on his own," Overland Park police Officer Michelle Koos said. "Members of the congregation were led to believe it was set up for the congregation, and in fact, that wasn't the case."

Instead, the money was re-routed to an account he had access to, Koos said.

Koos said it's unfortunate that a church trying to do good was victimized like this.

Temple leaders declined comment.

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