Former Edmond church worker gets deferred sentence, jail time for embezzlement

Bill D. Coyle, 62, of Edmond, OK, pleaded guilty to making more than $58,000 in unauthorized purchases with credit card belonging to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm •  Published: July 23, 2013
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A former worker will spend 90 days in the Oklahoma County jail as part of his punishment for embezzling more than $58,000 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.

Bill Dwight Coyle, a onetime church business manager, also received a 10-year deferred sentence and 500 hours of community service from District Judge Kenneth C. Watson on Monday.

Coyle, 62, of Edmond, pleaded guilty Friday to eight counts of violating the state's computer crimes act because he used a computer to make unauthorized purchases with a church-issued credit card.

Among the 880 items Coyle bought from the website Amazon with church money were a gun holster, a grenade pouch and a survival guide, records show.

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

The judge gave Coyle the weekend to decide between a deferred sentence with jail time and a five-year suspended sentence without jail time plus 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 until July 29 to surrender to authorities, his attorney said.


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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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