Bremen church files theft complaint against ex-employee

| February 18, 2010

The Haralson County Sheriff’s office is investigating a local church’s complaint that a former employee allegedly took between $200,000 and $400,000 over a 10-year period.

A press release from the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday, Feb. 8, the Rev. Sidney Garner of Victory Fellowship, 905 Hwy. 27 North, Bremen, filed a complaint against a former member, making accusations of alleged financial fraud. The person in question will not be named until formal charges have been made.

Garner told investigators that he became concerned when a check written using one of the church’s accounts was returned because of insufficient funds.

Victory Fellowship has around 250 members, and Garner said money that was allegedly taken includes church offerings. Garner said that they are working with investigators to find the total amount of money that was allegedly taken, and the church intends to press charges.

“We’ve got 10 years worth of bank records we’ve got to go through and try to determine the exact amount,” Garner said.

According to the release, Sheriff Eddie Mixon said the case will likely be referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and possibly the Federal Bureau of Investigation because some of the allegedly stolen funds were deposited across state lines in an Oxford, Ala., bank. It is too early in the investigation to determine what charges may ultimately be filed, Mixon said.

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