Man who scammed local churches found in Georgia

| September 22, 2010

A Nashville man accused of using a story of hardship to scam money out of a Gallatin church was arrested in Georgia, according to the Gallatin Police Department.

Onnie Kirk III, 41, is accused of scamming two Gallatin churches, according to Lt. Kate Novitsky, Gallatin police public information officer.

“He was basically entering the church and kind of playing on their sympathy that he was down on his luck, out of a job and needed money to pay bills or the rent,” Novitsky said

Kirk was arrested on Forsyth, Ga., on a traffic violation and is being held in Monroe County Jail in lieu of bond. Once his charges have been resolved in Georgia, Kirk will be extradited to Gallatin to face three counts of criminal simulation for giving a false identity and two counts of theft under $500.

Gallatin police believe Kirk may have scammed other churches in the area that have yet to step forward and report it.

“We would ask that they come forward and do so,” Novitsky said.

Police are asking anyone with information about additional scams that might have been committed to contact the police department at 452-1313.

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