On Feb. 14, Raenay Rock Hendrickson confessed to embezzling funds from the Minneapolis Area Synod while serving as its administrator/bishop's assistant from 1996 to 2012. Henrickson had served as bookkeeper and the embezzlement (approximately $100,000) began as early as 2005 and continued until her departure in June 2012, under staff changes administered by Bishop Ann Svennungsen. The embezzlement was discovered during the initial stages of the 2012 auditing process, initiated by the bishop after she was installed last May. The synod confirmed that it is working with law enforcement officials and that a claim has been filed with insurance carriers. In July 2012 the synod audit established rigorous new financial oversight procedures to ensure sound stewardship of funds.
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