Police Say Scottsville Pastor Embezzles More Than $300,000 From His Church

| November 13, 2011

The small town of Scottsville is a very close knit community which is why most are staying quiet about what exactly happened behind the doors of the Gospel Outreach Church.

Billy Owen Minix ran the church for more than 10 years and in that time, police say he embezzled more than 300,000 dollars.

"I didn't believe it when I heard it, I liked Owen," says one Scottsville resident.

But since Minix stepped down from pastor and left the church, so have some members of the congregation, who say he is innocent.

"It wasn't that he stole any money, he may have mishandled it," says Jerry Whitney, a former member of the church, "the only thing he's guilty of is having too big of a heart."

Detectives say Minix pocketed money through fundraising for the church, all projects that he organized.

"Brother Owen lives in an ordinary house, his car he drives his brother gave to him. He doesn't have the nicest of clothes and for somebody to have embezzled 300,000 dollars you'd think they'd be driving around in a nicer car," says Whitney



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