DeKalb County church treasurer indicted over $200K theft of church funds
HENAGAR, AL (WAFF) - A DeKalb County man is indicted on charges that he stole from a church where he served as treasurer. Church leaders say the theft is in excess of $200,000.
What's sad is church leaders say he was trusted and that they never asked to see the bank statements, but believe the thefts have been going on for more than a decade.
60-year-old Carlton Lamar Marks of Henagar was arrested last week on first-degree theft of property charges.
Church leaders say Marks served as clerk and treasurer of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Henagar. He held that position for many years until just after Labor Day last fall when he resigned when confronted by church officials.
Deacon Winston Jenkins says they were first alerted by church members who noticed their checks were being deposited in a bank that was not where the church had established an account.
After looking into the situation, Jenkins says they found where Marks had been using a debit card to do anything from paying personal bills to enjoying time spent on vacation on the church's dime.
Jenkins also says Marks transferred money to his own account from the church account.
Marks has since been released from the DeKalb County Jail on $10,000 bond.
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