Ex-worker pleads guilty in Edmond church embezzlement case

Bill D. Coyle, 62, of Edmond, admits making more than $58,000 in online purchases with a church-issued credit card. He will be sentenced Monday.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm •  Published: July 19, 2013

The judge gave Coyle the weekend to decide whether to accept a 10-year deferred sentence, 90 days in the county jail and 500 hours of community service, or a five-year suspended sentence and 250 hours of community service.

A deferred sentence is not a conviction if the conditions of the sentence are met. A suspended sentence is a conviction.

Coyle has paid back $92,600 in restitution, including the cost of a church audit, his attorney said.

A friend of Coyle's paid the debt, the attorney said.

“Obviously, Mr. Coyle made some terrible errors in judgment over an extended period of time,” defense attorney Tom Riesen told the judge. “This is a decent man with a decent inner core.”

Coyle, who is not in custody, was accompanied to court by his wife. He apologized to church members for his behavior, which he acknowledged he received counseling for.

“I've let them down tremendously,” he said. “I was completely wrong; this is nobody's responsibility but my own.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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