Man accused of stealing more than $ 250,000 from Christ the King Cathedral funds in digital transfers from Colombia


LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A man has been accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of money from Christ King Cathedral through digital transfers, some from the country of Colombia.

A criminal complaint was unsealed on Saturday, following a request from the U.S. District Attorney for the North Texas District. The FBI says the unsealed complaint is needed to obtain a “red notice” from INTERPOL, allowing Colombian authorities to continue detaining Nathan Allen Webb, accused of wire fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, Webb assumed responsibility for managing Christ the King’s funds in August 2019.

Officials from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock told authorities that Webb had access to the church’s bank account, Venmo account and Paypal account, but was only allowed to access accounts for activities related to the church. ‘church.

FBI investigators say that in March 2021, the diocese noticed that Webb had been engaged in a fraud scheme to embezzle church money, through digital transfers with Venmo and Paypal.

The complaint lists statements from Venmo showing unauthorized transfers from the church account to Webb’s personal account. According to the FBI, Webb made six transfers totaling $ 6,200 in the month of January and more than $ 10,400 from February 27 to March 2, 2021 to Paypal.

The FBI says the unauthorized transfers exceeded $ 250,000 from the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Travel records and information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security indicate that Webb was in Colombia when he made the transfers, the complaint says.

The diocese confronted Webb in early March, the last day a transfer was made to Webb’s Paypal account, before closing his account the same day.

Webb was scheduled to fly on Monday, June 14, 2021 from Cartagena, Colombia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but court records indicate Webb did not board the plane.

Webb was arrested by Colombian immigration authorities on June 16, after Webb used his US passport at a hotel. Webb was going to be kicked out, until he tested positive for COVID-19.

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