Police: N. Providence church finance chief stole $48,000

| June 23, 2010

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The North Providence police arrested the financial administrator of the Assembly of God of North Providence Monday on charges that he stole more than $48,000 from the church.

North Providence police began to investigate June 11 after they were notified by the church of discrepancies in their finances when they conducted a financial audit, according to Major Paul M. Martellini of the North Providence police.

As the Assembly of God's financial administrator, Edward Kincaid, 38, of 35 Batcheller Ave. in Providence, had access to the finances of the church and church credit cards, Martellini said.

Martinelli said it appears that from 2009 to the present, Kincaid took approximately $28,000 from the church, and made between $15,000 and $20,000 in personal credit card purchases using the church's credit card.

Martellini said that as the financial administrator, Kincaid was able to keep credit card receipts from church directors. He said the police continue to investigate the thefts and more charges are possible.

Kincaid has been charged with three counts of embezzlement. He was arraigned in District Court, Providence, on Monday and released on $3,000 personal recognizance.

The pastor for the church could not be reached for comment.



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