Woman charged with stealing from church

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JANESVILLE - The former secretary for First Christian Church in Janesville has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the church to pay her apartment's rent, according to a Rock County criminal complaint.

Michelle R. Lomax, 50, of Beloit, is charged with theft - business setting less than $5,000 to $10,000 after a church treasurer reviewed bank statements showing suspicious transactions on Oct. 5, 2018, Nov. 7, 2018, Dec. 5, 2018, Jan. 27, 2019, Feb. 7, 2019 and April 8, 2019.

The total loss to the church was $5,023.66, according to the complaint.

Lomax was fired from the church on May 14, at which time she met with an officer of the Janesville Police Department.

She has been released from custody on a $1,000 signature bond and will appear in court on July 3.

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