Phoenix woman accused of defrauding charity, church

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- A woman who worked at a Phoenix area nonprofit and a church is accused of defrauding both organizations of more than $100,000.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Nelda Jean Nicholson was arrested earlier this month and faces 145 counts of forgery, as well as charges of theft and fraudulent schemes.

Prosecutors say Nicholson wrote more than 120 unauthorized checks to herself between 2009 and 2012 while working as chief financial officer for Visions of Hope, which provides mental health services.

They say she is suspected of doing the same thing while working as a bookkeeper for Resurrection Lutheran Church in Scottsdale between October 2013 and June 2014.

The checks amounted to a theft of $18,000 from the church and more than $98,000 from the nonprofit.

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