Lubbock man sentenced to over 4 years for stealing $250,000 from church

A Lubbock man who admitted to stealing more than $250,000 from Christ the King Cathedral in February 2022 has been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison.

Nathan Allen Webb, 43, was the only church employee with access to the church’s PayPal and Venmo accounts. He admitted to transferring more than $261,000 in donations from the church to himself over the course of 18 months.

He is said to have made over 230 unauthorized transfers and then altered bank statements to show PayPal and Venmo debits as credits. This would hide the criminal activity of the church and diocesan finance committee.

While in Colombia, South America, in March 2021, Webb transferred nearly $3,000 from the church’s PayPal account to his own. The church then finally discovered the fraud and confronted him.

Following the confrontation, Webb remained in Colombia, but the Colombian government ordered him to leave. Webb bought a ticket to Fort Lauderdale, but knowing FBI agents would be waiting for him there, he drove over 500 miles inland to Pereira. Colombian authorities eventually located and detained him.

Along with being sentenced to 51 months in federal prison, Webb was also ordered to pay $261,440.20 in restitution.


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