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Lisa Ann McCool
Courtesy of Catawba County Sheriff's Office

Hickory Woman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

A Hickory woman received a minimum prison sentence of more than four years after pleading no contest in an embezzlement case. 56-year-old Lisa Ann McCool entered that plea in connection to the embezzlement of $600,000 from a Hickory church.

A no contest plea is defined as the defendant neither admitting nor disputing a charge. McCool entered the plea in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 18). She worked at Highland Baptist Church for more than 25 years. A judge ordered McCool to serve 51 to 74 months in prison and she has been ordered to pay the money back to the church.

According to published reports, members of the church alerted police to suspicious activity last year. The reports say that search warrants showed that McCool transferred large sums of money from the church’s bank accounts to two of her personal bank accounts from 2016 to 2023.

Among her duties during 25 years working at the church, McCool served as the church’s financial secretary for a period of time. As of earlier today (March 20), she remained in the Catawba County Detention Facility.

[Information for this story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]