Botetourt County church treasurer sentenced for embezzling nearly $100,000

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – A judge sentenced a Botetourt County church treasurer to prison Tuesday for embezzling thousands of dollars.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Stephanie Everett embezzled nearly $100,000 from Cave Rock Baptist Church in Troutville.

The money was supposed to be used to help people in need but instead, it was used for everyday purchases by Everett, as well as big purchases that included a beach vacation and Virginia Tech football tickets.

The purchases continued for years before Everett was eventually caught.

Her defense claimed many of the purchases were somehow related to the church.

On Tuesday, Everett was sentenced to 10 years that will be suspended after she serves two.

She will face five years probation after she is released.