San Antonio Woman Lavelle Wilson Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over Half a Million Dollars from New Creation Christian Fellowship Church as Executive Assistant to Bishop David Copeland

A San Antonio woman is headed to prison after admitting that she stole more than half a million dollars from a Windcrest church.

Lavelle Wilson pled guilty to theft and misapplication of fiduciary property from New Creation Christian Fellowship on Feb. 4 in the 379th District Court. At the time the theft was uncovered, Wilson was the executive assistant to Bishop David Copeland. Overall, she had worked for the church for over 30 years. She was in charge of two of the church’s bank accounts. In 2019, New Creation’s Executive Committee conducted a review of financial reports and expenses. Wilson delayed turning over financial records and it was not until the church obtained the records from the bank that it was discovered that Wilson had been taking money from them as far back as 2014.

In all, Wilson took approximately $667,542 from the church to pay numerous personal expenses to include a trip to Hawaii, shopping sprees at local malls, dining at upscale restaurants, fast food, personal loan payments and personal cell phone payments. She also withdrew cash for unknown expenses. She has not paid any restitution.

Wilson, who had no criminal history, was sentenced to seven years in prison. She is currently awaiting transfer from the Bexar County Jail to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.

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