Couple Sent To Prison For Stealing Thousands From Church

| July 19, 2011

GASTONIA, N.C. — Linda Roland’s voice quivered as she publicly apologized to the church, family and friends that she and her husband Alan Roland hurt when they embezzled money from a local church.

“I would just like to say sometimes good people, even Christians, make very bad choices and mistakes,” Linda Roland said, reading from an apology letter she had written. “There are consequences for those things, and we know that. We are sorry for what we did.”

Linda and Alan Roland both pleaded guilty to four counts of embezzlement Monday and will serve between 24 and 32 months in prison as part of a plea deal. Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell dropped the charges from a single charge of embezzlement with a higher penalty to four lower-penalty embezzlement felonies because they admitted to the church and the police that they had taken the money.

Bell said the couple embezzled $208,000 from the Way of the Cross Baptist Church from 2007 through 2010.

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