Case Studies of Fraud Examinations
Chapter 4: Crime in religious organizations
The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate the potential motives, opportunities, and willingness to commit financial crime in religious organizations. We apply the theory of convenience to study the case of a priest as the CEO, who was convicted to prison for 3 years because of embezzlement in the Methodist foundation Betanien in Norway. Secret greed as a financial motive, religious authority as an organizational opportunity, and religious forgiveness as a personal willingness are at the core of the theory of convenience. The case study illustrates how shameful it can be to be greedy and to suffer from alcohol problems in a religious context.
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