Brassfield found guilty of embezzlement

| December 22, 2012

Karan Brassfield had no idea her now-estranged husband was embezzling funds from the Fluvanna church they started out of their home. Wilbert Davis Brassfield said that as pastor, he had the authority to write checks to any church member in need – including himself.

An all-white jury of eight women and four men convicted Wilbert Brassfield, 48, Thursday night of three counts of felony embezzlement in Fluvanna County Circuit Court. He was found not guilty of two additional embezzlement charges.

Brassfield, who once served as pastor of Courts of Praise Christian Fellowship, testified that bookkeeping is “not my thing.”

“I didn’t do good,” he said. “I didn’t keep good books.”

He wrote three checks from the church’s bank account to cover his own household expenses, including payments on his delinquent mortgage, Fluvanna County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Francis C. Terwilliger explained in his opening statement.

Without the knowledge of other members or church officials, Brassfield also transferred money from the church’s bank account to his personal bank account, which he opened without his wife’s knowledge in 2006.

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