Broken Arrow church's former financial secretary accused of embezzling more than $300,000

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • A local church says a woman embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash over eight years.
  • Candy Tompkins was the former financial secretary of Arrow Heights Baptist Church.
  • She faces embezzlement charges.

A 47-year-old Broken Arrow woman is accused of embezzling over $305,600 from a local church.

Candy Tompkins, former financial secretary of Arrow Heights Baptist Church from 2008 to 2016, faces five counts of embezzlement.

Tompkins is accused of making personal purchases, including concert and theme park tickets, and paying off her own credit cards with the church’s money.

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The church discovered the alleged crime when they hired a new company to take over payroll in 2016.

Court records say Tompkins was supposed to deposit daycare tuition payments, but she is accused of “…taking large amounts of cash from most of the monthly deposits.”

Court documents also say she’s accused of embezzling over $6,000 from her former employer, A-Best roofing near downtown Tulsa. They fired her in the summer of 2016 over the alleged crime. A separate charge has been filed in that case.

Tompkins faces five counts of embezzlement adding up to over $305,600. That includes:

  • $33,414 in unpaid insurance withholdings, which were supposed to be taken from her personal salary as agreed upon during the time of her hiring in 2008.
    • The credit cards were meant to buy supplies for the church.
    • Those transactions reportedly went unnoticed, because Tompkins was responsible for paying those bills from the church's regular bank accounts.
  • $60,740 in personal Chase credit card payments
    • Court documents say the church did not go any farther than 2012, because of the cost of obtaining bank documents.
  • $35,619 in stolen tuition payments from parents dating back to September of 2014, but the church believes the total amount is substantially more.
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