LOWELL, Mass.—A Tyngsborough woman once responsible for counting the collections at a Roman Catholic church has been charged with skimming more than $100,000 from the donations.
When talking with churches abut this issue I always recommend that they use the two person rule. This rule states that you always have two people in control of church offerings at all times. From the moment it is collected to the time it gets deposited into the bank, two people should be accountable for it. As soon as the money is collected it should be counted, then stored securely until it can be deposited. Two people should initially independently count the money to insure that they obtain the same number. When the money is deposited into the bank the deposit slip should match the recorded amount of money counted by both individuals.