Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Rural Church Treasurer Embezzles $50k

An East Tennessee woman has been accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from a rural Baptist church where she is treasurer.

The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens reports that 39-year-old Kelly Maynor of 10 Mile was arrested Monday in Meigs County on charges of theft of services and filing false financial statements. Lakeside Baptist Church in Ten Mile reported more than $50,000 in church funds missing.

Meigs County Detective Keith Kile told the newspaper that church leaders contacted authorities a few weeks ago. Kile said Maynor apparently spent much of the money for her own personal use.

[Information from: The Daily Post-Athenian, http://dpa.xtn.net/]

All churches, rural and metropolitan, should have sound checks and balances in place including outside audits to insure accountability.