Trial scheduled in church theft case

| July 9, 2010

ST. FRANCISVILLE — A state district judge on Thursday set March 21 trials for a police juror, School Board member and five people charged in a scheme to divert funds from a Weyanoke church.

Twentieth Judicial District Judge William G. Carmichael heard “not guilty” pleas from West Feliciana Parish Police Juror John Cobb; East Feliciana Parish School Board member Oliver Wingfield; Cobb’s wife, Carol, and mother-in-law, Louisa Jones; and East Feliciana residents George Veal, David Deloach and John B. Perry.

John and Carol Cobb and Jones were indicted last month on three counts each of felony theft, while the others were indicted on one count each of felony theft.

Wingfield and Veal were directors of the nonprofit group, Feliciana Enrichment Center. Its building in Clinton was destroyed by fire in August 2008.

State Police allege the defendants were involved in a check-cashing scheme to divert $80,000 in insurance money paid to the nonprofit organization that was supposed to go to another nonprofit, Union Bethel Family Church.

The Cobbs and Jones were officers in the church.

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