Sheriff: Woman embezzled over $100K from church

| March 6, 2010

HEIDELBERG – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a local woman for embezzlement in connection with her activities at a church in Jasper County.

Jasper County Sheriff Kenneth Cross said Phyllis Daughdrill was arrested Thursday for embezzling over $100,000 from a church.

According to Cross, Daughdrill lives in the southern part of Jasper County but has a Laurel mailing address.

The sheriff said Daughdrill, who was the secretary at Corinth Baptist Church of Heidelberg for approximately 10 years, was arrested after the Sheriff’s Department received reports concerning some missing money.

Officials said Daughdrill’s arrest is the result of information received along with an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Department.

“This case started back around Feb. 21st. So, we’ve worked on this a little over a week and a half,” the sheriff said. “It looks like this has been taking place over a long period of time.”

Cross said Daughdrill was taken into custody by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and charged with one count of embezzlement.

Cross said Friday afternoon that Daughdrill is the only person who had been charged in connection with the incident.

Officials said the total amount of cash missing from the church has not been determined.

“We are still investigating it all,” the sheriff said. “We know it’s more than $100,000, but we are still investigating at this time.”

Daughdrill was booked into the Jasper County Adult Detention Center.

She had their initial court appearance on Thursday in Jasper County Justice Court for District One in Paulding.

During the court hearing, Justice Court Judge Sullivan Duke set her bond for $10,000. She was later released from jail on bond.

Felony embezzlement carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

Law enforcement officials said embezzlement can be the theft of money or merchandise.

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