Man faces embezzlement charges for stealing from Baptist church

| July 28, 2010

A man surrendered to officers on Tuesday after facing charges of money laundering associated with the embezzlement of funds from the First Baptist Church in Morristown.

According to a release, Michael Dean Whitt, 42, surrendered to officers for his involvement in the embezzlement of money from First Baptist Church which was reported to officers in May.

Officers previously charged Whit's mother Barbara, who was also the church secretary, in this case.

An investigator found financial transactions from July 3, 2007 to April 30, 2010 which he believed were funded with stolen proceeds from the church thefts.

The investigator also found deposits to Whitt's bank account which he also believed came from embezzled money. All of these transactions totaled $450,299.17.

Officers released Whitt on a $175,000 bond. Whitt waived his arraignment hearing. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled.

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Category: Church Security

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