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Edgecombe County Church Forgives Ex-Treasurer Accused Of Theft

An eastern North Carolina minister says he is willing to forgive his church's former treasurer, who is accused of taking more than $24,000 over more than two years.

The Daily Southerner of Tarboro reported that 64-year-old Joyce Whitakers Williams of Pinetops faces six counts of embezzlement.

The Rev. Michael Barnett of New Grace Baptist Church said it was unfortunate his church had to report the incident, but he and his congregation chose to forgive Williams.

Williams resigned as treasurer in April. New treasurer Ashley Robinson says when he examined the church's finances, there was less than $200 in the account. There had been about $30,000 in the church bank account when Williams took the job in 2005.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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