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Clover woman sentenced to 2 years in prison for embezzling church funds

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CLOVER, SC (WBTV) -

A clover Woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after stealing more than $600,000 from a local church.

Neighbors of Sandra Stroupe say they were in disbelief when they heard the 67-year-old stole $605,000 from Clover Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

"It's ridiculous," said neighbor Susan Robinson.

That's the best way Robinson could describe up her thoughts about her neighbor stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Clover ARP Church.

FBI Agents say Stroupe was the church's bookkeeper for 38 years and stole the $605,000 to pay for living expense and gifts for family members.

Court documents show the thefts happened between 2006 and 2013.

"It's more than ‘I just need $100 for groceries to feed my kids'. $600,000 dollars is an awful lot of money. What was going to be done with that," asked Robinson.

In March, Stroupe pleaded guilty to mail fraud and Friday, was sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Several neighbors of Stroupe say they were stunned to hear of the news.

WBTV reached out to Church officials, but we didn't get a response.

Stroupe's lawyer declined to comment on the case.

"When somebody steals or embezzles from any company, it's disturbing, but especially from a charity or non-profit organization," said Robinson.

Stroupe also has to pay $610,000 to the church in restitution.

After her 2 years in prison, Stroupe will also serve 3 years of supervised release.

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