Former Pastor Accused of Stealing From Church

| May 5, 2010

A former Highland County pastor faces a 17 count indictment tonight for theft from the church where he once preached.

A Grand Jury issued a 17 count indictment against 61 year old James Blaine, currently of San Antonio Texas, and formerly of Greenfield, Ohio. Blaine is the former pastor of the Good Shepherd Church in Madison Township.

The counts involve 13 counts of Forgery, one count of Unauthorized Use of Property, one count of Forgery, and two counts of Aggravated Theft.

The charges are the result of a seven month long investigation by Highland County Sheriff's Office Detectives into allegations that Blame stole money from the church, by forging names and documents that were then submitted to financial institutions, where Blame obtained money in the name of the church for his personal use. The incidents are alleged to take place over a period of 2004 to 2009.

Blaine was originally arrested last Tuesday on one count of Theft filed in Highland County Court, when he returned to Ohio from Texas to attend a bankruptcy hearing on a case he initiated.

Blaine is behind bars at the Highland County Justice Center and will be arraigned soon.

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