Edmond church's former business manager faces 8 felony counts

Bill Dwight Coyle, 52, the former business manager of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, was named in charges presented Friday in Oklahoma County. The district attorney's office accepted and filed the charges late Monday afternoon, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: December 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012
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The former business manager of a prominent Edmond church was charged Monday with eight felony counts, authorities said.

Bill Dwight Coyle, 62, was named in charges presented Friday in Oklahoma County. The district attorney's office accepted and filed the charges late Monday afternoon, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said.

Coyle was not booked into the Oklahoma County jail Monday.

The investigation began in July as an embezzlement complaint when an audit revealed more than $109,000 was missing from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 924 S Littler Ave., according to an Edmond police report. Coyle was the business manager of the church at the time, the report states. The money was thought to have gone missing between Jan. 1, 2004, and Feb. 1, 2012, a police report shows.

Eight counts of Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act violations were instead sought after a joint investigation by police and the white-collar crimes division of the district attorney's office. The felony counts were sought in lieu of multiple misdemeanor counts of embezzlement, Monroe said.

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