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Sarasota man turns himself in, says he stole almost 100K

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL -

A former member of the Englewood Masonic Lodge called Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Thursday and said he had stolen almost $100,000 from the group's scholarship fund.

SCSO detectives learned that Michael Cripps,59, of Port Charlotte was the sole member to have access to that account.

Lodge financial records show that since 2007 Cripps cashed checks and bought personal items totaling $92,563.70.

Cripps turned himself into authorities this morning and is charged with felony Scheme to Defraud.  His bail is listed at $50,000.

SCSO deputies said, this is the fourth arrest this year of someone who stole from a church, an employer or an organization. Detectives urge anyone who handles private or business finances to add more safety measures like asking for a second signature on checks.

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