This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Bares entered two pleas on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Initially he pleaded not guilty, and then changed the plea to guilty.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A Tabor man, accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from two South Dakota parishes, made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Steven Bares worked as a bookkeeper for Saint Wenceslaus Parish in Tabor and Saint John the Baptist Parish in Lesterville.
A court document says the diocese hired an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit and discovered multiple checks made out to companies that belong the Bares dating back to 2013.
Bares signed a plea agreement earlier this year. On Tuesday in court, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud.