Man Accused of Writing a Bad Check to a Church, Getting Cash Back

| February 24, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Police are trying to track down the man they say used a church as a front to defraud a bank.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a member of Greater Bethel Divine Holiness Church approached the church's bishop about a friend who wanted to make a donation, identifying the friend as Terrell Williams.

The bishop and Williams met, and Williams wrote a check for $8,000.

Asked why he made such a large donation, Williams told the bishop he wanted to donate $2,000, and wanted $6,000 in cash.

The bishop deposited the check in the church Wachovia account, and gave Williams $6,000 cash.

Days later, Wachovia called the bishop and told him the funds behind the check were not there.

Williams continued to claim he was coming up with the money, and told the bank he was trying to deposit it and needed the account number, police said.

The bank employee didn't give him an account number. The church's account has since been frozen.

Police said Williams has "basically been giving everyone involved the runaround."

His listed address is on Plantation Bay Drive on the Westside, and the bishop provided a cell phone number and possible place of employment, but police have not yet found him.

He is wanted on a charge of bank fraud.

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