Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Former North Carolina Pastor Accused of Embezzling from Church

A former pastor in Rockingham County has been charged with stealing from his own church.

John Albert Jackson, 61, of 5335 Lewey Lane in Winston-Salem, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of embezzlement.
On April 10, a Dell computer was reported stolen from the Goodwill First Baptist Church on K-Fork Road in Madison. During the investigation of the stolen computer, Rockingham County sheriff's deputies discovered the church's former pastor had illegally obtained automobile insurance for several Cadillac automobiles without prior approval of the church.
The vehicles illegally insured include a 2006 Cadillac SRX, a 2008 Cadillac Escalade, a 2004 Cadillac Deville, a 2006 Cadillac DTS and a 2009 Cadillac CTS. The alleged offenses happened between February 2004 and March 2011. The amount of insurance premiums paid was $10,982.
According to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, Jackson was recently removed from his position at the church.
Jackson was placed in jail on a $10,000 secured bond. His court date is set for May 5 in Wentworth District Court.

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