“Stealing is one thing, but stealing almost half a million dollars from a church is both remarkable and tragic,” said the United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “This man betrayed the trust of the church and its parishioners for six years by padding his personal bank account with the church’s money.”
From at least 2012 until approximately December 2018, Adkins was the treasurer for the Antioch Baptist Church, located near Ona. As treasurer, Adkins had access to the church’s checking account and was authorized to sign checks from that account on behalf of the church. While serving as treasurer, Adkins wrote and signed checks on the church’s account for his own benefit.
Those checks went to pay personal creditors as well as for personal items. Adkins wrote the checks without the church membership’s knowledge or approval, and without the knowledge or approval of any church board member. Adkins would then mail the checks to pay his personal creditors. Adkins wrote approximately $487,488.92 in unauthorized checks on the church’s account for his personal use.
To put a face on the victims of this crime. Here is a short video from the folks at Antioch Baptist Church. These seem to be very nice and happy people. It is a shame that such a crime was committed against them by the very person who was to be the steward of the parishioners’ tithes.
Huntington, WV Man Steals Nearly Half-Million Dollars From Church
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