Secretary arrested in church theft

| March 16, 2010

A former financial secretary for Dunwoody Baptist Church has been charged with one count of felony theft by taking for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the church.

According to police and jail records, Patricia Miller Padgett, 53, of Sandy Springs, was arrested February 15 and released on $2,500 bond the following day.

She was charged with the offense on November 13, 2009, but the warrant was served on February 15 by a DeKalb County Sheriff’s representative, according to police records. No court date has been set for the case.

According to Georgia Code Annotated, “a person commits the offense of theft by taking when he unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving him of the property, regardless of the manner in which the property is taken or appropriated.”

The statute doesn’t specify a dollar amount in regards to a felony arrest versus a misdemeanor charge.

Officials with Dunwoody Baptist Church, when contacted regarding the story, declined to comment.

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