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Church leaders feel wounded and hurt in case against former secretary

Deborah Mansell is accused of charging nearly $129,000 to a church credit card. (Source: CCSO) Deborah Mansell is accused of charging nearly $129,000 to a church credit card. (Source: CCSO)
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

Wounded and hurt. That's how church leaders describe the case against their former secretary accused of stealing more than $100,000. Leaders at Highland Park Baptist Church said pressing charges against their former secretary was the right thing to do.

A Colbert County Grand Jury indicted Deborah Mansell on theft of property and 20 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Investigators said Mansell racked up more than $129,000 in charges on the church's card between July 2011 and April 2014. Pastor Brett Pitman released a statement to WAFF-48 on Friday.

The statement said, “As a church, we are wounded and hurt by the alleged actions of Mrs. Mansell. She has been a life-long attender and long-time employee of Highland Park Baptist Church. Upon discovering the discrepancies in our finances, our pastoral staff and deacon body took time to consider whether to press charges. After serious thought and prayer, we felt, as citizens of this community and as stewards of the resources entrusted to us, the appropriate thing to do was to turn over the evidence to the authorities for a thorough investigation.”

You can read the full statement by clicking here.

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