It’s a double edged sword catching a brother defrauding a Masonic lodge, breaking his obligations but now the issue can be corrected and an important lesson in auditing and due diligence can be learned. This happened recently for a Connecticut Masonic Lodge as the New Canaan Daily Voice reported the news.
Treasurer Charged With Embezzling $54K From Masonic Lodge In New Canaan
NEW CANAAN, Conn. — A 62-year-old man used a debit card to embezzle over $54,000 from the Masonic Lodge in New Canaan, where he served as treasurer, police said.
Joseph M. McBride, of Norwalk, was charged with first-degree larceny in the case, police said.
On April 5, the Masonic Lodge reported $54,000 was missing from its accounts, said police, who launched an investigation.
From 2012 to 2016 McBride, treasurer of the lodge, used a debit card to draw funds and make purchases from the Masonic Lodge bank account without authorization, police said.
On Wednesday, May 17, McBride turned himself in to New Canaan police. He was held on $100,000 bond and taken to Norwalk Superior Court for an appearance.
It’s truly a shame when these sorts of incidents happen but again is a great and important lesson for all Masonic lodges. We must run our lodges as any other business would and plan, audit and double check the work. As this is proof that even our organization isn’t free from bad men.