Laplace Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Church

Published 10:43 am Saturday, July 23, 2022

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NEW ORLEANSLOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ANITA WILLENE HOBDY, age 68, from LaPlace, pled guilty on July 21, 2022 to wire fraud, stemming from fraudulent charges made from First Baptist Church of LaPlace.

The government previously charged HOBDY in a one-count bill of information with wire fraud involving conduct from 2015 through 2021. According to court documents, HOBDY worked as a bookkeeper for a church’s daycare and embezzled over $175,000 from church accounts during that period.

HOBDY faces up to twenty years in prison. HOBDY also faces up to three years of supervised release after release from prison, a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain to HOBDY or the gross loss to any victims, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee .

The Honorable Eldon E. Fallon set sentencing for October 27, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Secret Service and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.