Woman arrested for forging $15K in church checks

| November 15, 2011

RICHMOND — That someone would forge more than $15,000 in checks from a church is “just a sign of the times we’re living in,” according to the Rev. Robert Blythe.

“Folks these days are willing to do anything to satisfy what they define as their needs,” he said.

First Baptist Church at Francis and Collins streets, the downtown church at which Blythe is pastor, discovered earlier this month that at least 37 checks had been taken from the church and forged at Richmond businesses.

The church reported the forgery Nov. 3 to Richmond Police.

A Winchester woman was arrested Sunday in connection with the forgery of four of the checks, and police are working to determine whether she forged the others, according to Major Bob Mott of the Richmond Police Department.

Briana Nicole Abney, 22, is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and four counts of identity theft in connection with the church’s stolen checks.



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